It was hilarious, sure, but it was also pretty awful to be bullied by figures of authority for months for being lesbian, especially when we weren't. Today we called the guardians to apprise them of the issue. I later learned that teachers are always on the lookout for potential lesbians, and that every batch sees a few girls singled out like this.
Kolkata: In the wake of 10 girls in a school in south Kolkata being accused of indulging in homosexual activities, Education Minister Partho Chattopadhyay sparked controversy on Wednesday when he said, "lesbianism is not in our culture".
The enraged parents of harassed students alleged that their wards were forced to "write that you have put your hands in your friend's blouse; that you've tickled them under their skirt, hugged them and held their hands", and were told that they are "suffering" from homosexual behaviour. Parents barged into the acting headmistress' room and engaged in verbal altercation after she allegedly summoned the girls to her chamber and told them to write the statement. The parents were called to sort out the matter and have a discussion but they overreacted saying their girls were forced to sign it.
"As the 10 students admitted it verbally we asked them to give it in writing".
"Considering the sensitive nature of the issue, I asked them to admit it in writing!" . "Our aim was to discuss the matter with them so that we can bring these girls on the right course through efforts both at home and in school", she said. Nor, by the way, does signing a "confession" to that effect under coercion and duress.
Everything about this situation is just so infuriating. On the other hand, of course, even if they were lesbians, there's no reason for their fellow students to rat on them, their teachers to persecute them and coerce them into signing documents, or for parents and teachers to work together to "cure" them of it.
And why do the kinds of people who clearly love torturing children become teachers in the first place?