16 girls ‘confined’ in Delhi school’s basement for 5 hours over non-payment of fees

16 girls ‘confined’ in Delhi school’s basement for 5 hours over non-payment of fees: The Delhi police have registered a case against a private school in central Delhi’s Hauz Qazi post some parents alleged that 16 girls, aged 4 and 5, were confined and restrained to stay in the “basement” of the school on Monday, regarding the issue of “non-payment” of the monthly school fees.

The parents alleged that all kids were locked in the basement without food and water for around 5 hours. It was only when they came to collect their wards those girls were rescued and parents reportedly, alleged the same.

The school principal is as of now numbed regarding these all allegations. Though, in an interaction with a news channel, the principal denied the allegations and said that in her school no girl punished, like that.

“The basement is not a punishment place; it is an activity room where children play and learn music. It is a kind of classroom,” said the principal.

On Monday, at Hauz Qazi police station, A case has been registered under Indian Penal Code Section 342 (wrongful confinement) and Juvenile Justice Act section 75 (cruelty to child).

“We have sent a notice to the school principal. We will also record the statements of all concerned parents,” said the police.

On the other side, The parents of the victims said, on Monday, that they had sent their children to the school at 7.30 am. “When we arrived to pick our children, the teachers told us that they had been locked up in the basement as we hadn’t paid their fees for June. However, we had paid advance fees up to September,” alleged one parent.

Many parents produced reciepts which they claimed that they already paid their fees. A news channel showed some children crying in the “basement” where they were allegedly confined.

The principal claimed that the teachers wouldn’t have known even if the fees had been paid as a slip meant to be handed over to them has not yet received.

“Each fee slip has a teacher’s slip attached to it. If that slip is not handed over to the teacher, how will they know that the fees have been paid,” the principal said.

The parents, on the other hand, challenge this claim by saying that the date on which the teacher’s slip is to be handed over is the 11th of every month. “Why wasn’t a notice issued to us in the previous week?” a parents asked.