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‘Casteist remarks’: Nursing students lodge FIR against principal in Odisha

The students of Cuttack’s SCB Medical College and Hospital went on strike, alleging that principal Kajal Rani Sinha had hurled casteist remarks at fourth-year tribal student Subhadra Murmu.

NURSING Students in Odisha’s largest medical college and hospital on Wednesday lodged an FIR against the principal for allegedly manhandling a student and abusing her on caste lines.

The students of Cuttack’s SCB Medical College and Hospital lodged the case at Mangalabag police station a day after they went on strike, alleging that principal Kajal Rani Sinha had hurled casteist remarks at fourth-year tribal student Subhadra Murmu.

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In her complaint, Murmu has said: “On Saturday, I rushed to register my attendance at 2 pm even though I had not finished my lunch. In the rush, I could not tie my hair properly. The principal madam then pulled my hair and slapped me twice”. Other students alleged that even if they are late by a minute for duty, the principal marks them absent and deducts their stipend.

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The students said they had met the college superintendent and sought action against the principal. “But, the superintendent advised us to keep the issue under wraps. Left with no choice, we filed an FIR,” said a student.

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First published on: 12-05-2016 at 00:55 IST
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