In a shocking incident, an 11-year-old girl was made to stand in the boys' toilet in a private school as punishment for not wearing school uniform.
The incident occurred on Saturday in Rao's High School in Ramchandrapuram on the outskirts of Hyderabad but came to light on Monday after a video of the girl describing the sequence of the events went viral.
The girl, who refused to go back to school, alleged that a woman teacher pulled her up for not turning up in school uniform and made her stand in boys' washroom for five minutes.
The incident evoked outrage as parents and students' unions staged a protest in front of the school, demanding stern action against the teacher. Slogan shouting protestors barged into the school premises and vandalised some furniture.
Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari, who holds the education portfolio, said strong action would be taken against those who meted out inhuman treatment to the girl.
On a complaint by the girl's father Ramakrishna, police registered a case and began the investigation.
Sangareddy District Education Officer Vijaykumari also ordered probe into the incident and directed the school management to shut down the institution till further orders.
Balala Hakkula Sangham, which is fighting for children's rights, lodged a complaint with the State Human Rights Commission seeking action against the school management.
Minister for Information Technology K. T. Rama Rao termed the incident inhuman. "Ridiculous & absolutely inhuman," he tweeted. He said the issue would be taken up with the Education Minister for appropriate action against the school.