Anantnag: Students of the girls higher secondary school in Tral on Thursday held protests against their ‘forcible’ participation in a sports festival organised by the police.
The girl students also alleged manipulation of their pictures clicked at the sports event which was held in Awantipora.
The protests come a day after violence erupted at Government Degree College (GDC) Khannabal in Anantnag district against the hoisting of the Indian flag during a police-organised sports festival.
According to reports, the GDC students hit the streets on Thursday afternoon and raised slogans against the school administration as well as the police.
The girl students in Tral were seen raising slogans in the main market on Friday afternoon.
They alleged that they were made to attend the sports festival forcibly by the school authorities.
“While we were at the festival in Awantipora, we were segregated from other students soon after the police officials came to know that we were from Tral,” the students alleged.
They said their pictures were taken at the festival, with policemen around, and were later uploaded on social networking sites, including Facebook.
“It has put our reputation at stake. The trauma these pictures are causing to us cannot be described in words,” a group of students said.
School principal Ghulam Muhammad Kumar told Kashmir Reader that he is investigating the matter.
“I was on leave yesterday. But even today none of the girls came to me with a complaint. Instead, they went out to protest after the class work was over,” Kumar said, adding that the facts need to be ascertained.
He said that the preliminary investigation has revealed that the students were sent to the event by a Physical Education (PE) teacher, who has been relieved from duties for now.
“I have sent the concerned PE teacher to the main department. Further investigation is being carried out,” the principal said.
SP Awantipora Zahid Malik refuted the allegations levelled by students.
“It was not only students from Tral; all girl students were made to sit in the enclave where our chief guest and the media fraternity were seated. There was no segregation of girls from Tral,” Malik said.
He said that no girl students appear in the pictures released by the police of the event.
“Maybe some civilian or any other person has clicked a picture and put it on social media. The students should come forward and inform us about any such eventuality, so that we can investigate,” Malik said.