Gujarat: Around 65 girls in a hostel, which is part of Shree Sahajanand Girls Institute (SSGI), run by a trust of the Swaminarayan Temple, were forced to remove their undergarments to prove whether they were menstruating or not. The incident occurred on Tuesday in Bhuj after complaints that the girls who had their periods on had entered the temple and kitchen on the premises.
It has been said that the hostel rector and the college principal had instructed the authorities to do the checking. The incident came to light after some girls, who were utterly shocked and humiliated post the incident, complained to the local media. However, some hostel authorities defended the act saying it was necessary to ensure that menstruating girls don’t enter temple and the kitchen.
The State Women’s Commission has ordered an inquiry on the Gujarat college and a team has been formed by Kutch University as the college is affiliated to the latter.