Student asked not to attend class because of pregnancy
Kolkata: A student from the ITI Homes Institute in Howrah lodged a complaint with the police alleging that she was asked not to attend classes as she was pregnant.
The victim further alleged that some senior officials of the college asked her to come to classes after aborting the foetus. The college authorities denied the allegation saying that the charges were baseless.
Meanwhile, the local Trinamool Congress activists on Tuesday staged demonstration in front of the college campus. The student fell ill in class on Monday. She went to a local hospital after informing the trade instructor. After getting medication in the hospital, she returned to the college to take part in a practical class. But it has been alleged two officials of the college restricted her from entering the class. The woman told the police that the two officials forcibly made her sign a document where it was written that the victim had to come to the college after aborting the baby. The classes were suspended following the agitation on Tuesday. In her police complaint, the victim mentioned that she had also been molested by the two accused. An official of the college, however, claimed that the complainant woman was a student of Machinist trade where huge machines are on run. The students do their practical classes there. As the victim was pregnant she was advised not to work in front of these machines and to take leave. She was never forced to sign a document, the official of the college claimed.