As many as 150 girl students of a gurukul school in Telagana’s Medak were allegedly forced to get a haircut by the principal to save water in the hostel.
The incident, which reportedly took place two days back at Medak’s Tribal Girls Gurukul School, came to light on Tuesday after parents of the girl students visited the hostel on Sunday only to find their daughters with short hair.
School principal K Aruna had allegedly called two barbers to the hostel after which she forced the girl students to pay Rs 25 each, The New Indian Express said in a report.
The parents then staged a protest against the government-run institution and school principle K Aruna for forcing their kids to get a haircut citing water shortage required for hair wash.
The school principal, however, said the decision was taken after the school discovered that many girls were suffering from lice infestation and other dermatological diseases. She added haircuts were given for better hygiene of the girl students.
The principal also claimed that the consent of students was taken into consideration before taking the decision, while adding that water shortage was also one of the reasons.
Meanwhile, the district administration and welfare department have initiated an inquiry against the principle of Tribal Girls Gurukul School.