BENGALURU: The Indian Nursing Council(INC) is probing harassment of students allegedly by the principal of , Bengaluru.
An INC team visited the campus in Shivajinagar on Monday and conducted an inquiry in the wake of 34 first-year students alleging that the harassment has spoilt the atmosphere in their on-campus hostel to such an extent that they are not allowed to go out to buy essential things, even “sanitary napkins”.
Principal Amudha Sundari, however, denied the allegations, saying she is being targeted by vested interests. “The matter is now in the hands of INC. As far as permission for going out of the campus is concerned, we’ve given passes to students who have to register details whenever they go out. Even parents want the institution to keep their children safe. We’ve not locked up anyone,” she said.
The students are also rattled by the termination of first-year tutor /coordinator . “I was just trying to help students who are living in bad conditions at the school. They have been locked up and not allowed to speak to anyone. When the principal’s harassment became unbearable, I attempted suicide by consuming a high dose of insulin. I was terminated because I spoke about the illegalities,” said Simon, who was also a probationer at the institution.
She said the principal used foul language with students and her, and filed a complaint with .
The students in their letters to the CSI Hospital chairman alleged that the hostel phone was tapped and their conversations with their parents were being recorded, making it impossible to tell them what’s happening at the institution. “The principal has been buying things from the supermarket and selling them in the hostel; we’re not allowed to go outside to buy our daily necessities. Hostel beds are full of bugs which are not being taken care of,” read their letters, copies of which are with TOI.
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