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  2. K Lakshmi Rao at |

    It was shocking to know the brutality of an Educator stripping girls ! Sacking her from job is not the solution at all because she may go and join some other school as Principal and continue to do the same.Such people need to be questioned at the court of law and all their degrees to be cancelled that in future they stay jobless.

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    1. Alok Das at |

      True! sacking is not answer. Even court seems helpless. She must have lost all humanity. This kind of incident is happening everyday. Because humans has become machines. They are growing with machines. That’s why all human values we have lost today.

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  3. Alok Das at |

    This kind of incident is literally shameless. Author has established an approachable bridge with ideas of Focult. At the same moment we can relate present circumstances with Kant idea of ‘Space’ and ‘Time’. This two forms of institution emphasizes in this physical world.

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  4. Pooja Bhatia at |

    The incident is shocking. Routine violence in schools has been on a rise in recent years. Children are vulnerable because they are viewed as dependent, obedient, docile bodies; devoid of any agency or consent. This perception has to change. Perhaps increased awareness on child rights, sex education in the curriculum and gender sensitisation courses for educators could be a good starting point. As far as the questionen posed by Foucault is concerned, I have no easy answers. There is no doubt that we lack safer spaces for collective reflections on sexuality. With the caste system in place, women’s sexuality becomes double repressed. For free expressions of sexuality to take place, the control of religion and caste would have to be challenged. That I believe is the only way forward.

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  5. Julie Goswami at |

    The divide represented by this article is shocking to me and my friends/co-workers/colleagues. It is greatly upsetting to me on two levels. First, going to school for education is meant to be a safe and empowering place. Yet women and girls continue to be oppressed, sometimes in the most brutal ways, even by a female educator. Second, the lack of access to feminine care is shocking and likely stems from stigmatization. Lack of proper menstrual hygiene and products has serious long term gynecological consequences. Additionally, a number of organizations have recently published studies showing that young girls in south asia and africa are missing school and ultimately dropping out on account of poor access to feminine hygiene products. It is unacceptable that in 2017, two basic rights end up being denied largely due to stigmatization and “taboo.” We also see a dichotomy as you mentioned between feminists (myself included) proclaiming autonomy in the same world where incidents such as this take place and victimize women and girls at the most vulnerable age. The first step is make the world aware of events such as this brutality and I thank you for writing and sharing this important story.

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  6. Rina Goswami at |

    I have read your article again and again. As a mother of a daughter (my heartbeat), as an aunt of wonderful nieces I cannot even imagine what is going through the minds of those young school girls and their parents. It’s astonishing that the principal was a woman too. She is supposed to protect her students instead she was violating those innocent girls. Though I don’t know the school girls I just want them to know that it’s not their fault. They are the victims of unimaginable act. People care about them. Through this horrible experience I hope they don’t fall down. They should rise up and fight for human dignity so this kind of thing never happen to anyone ever. Keep fighting (non violent). You will prevail. One person can change a country.
    And to Ananya thank you for writing this article. You have opened our eyes. We are learning so much through your writing. Keep writing.

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