Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday said his government has taken cognisance of a senior woman IAS officer’s apparent humiliation of a school girl over a sanitary napkin pad.
He said he learnt about the incident when the video of the incident went viral on social media and also hit the headlines across the country. “It has come to our knowledge and we are looking into it,” he said.
Bamhrah, the MD of the Bihar Women and Children Development Corporation, stirred up controversy as her abrasive responses to questions by girl students at the “Shashakt Beti Samridh Bihar”, oraganised by the WCDC and Unicef, for Class 9 and 10 students, went viral.
As a student asked Bamhrah that the government is providing school dress, scholarships, bicycles, and many other facilities to students, can’t it provide sanitary pads for Rs 20 to 30 to girl students – drawing applause, Bamhrah hit out, saying that people are clapping over the question but these are endless demands.
“Today, the government would provide you with sanitary pads for Rs 20 to Rs 30. Then you ask for jeans, pants, and then, beautiful shoes,” she said but did not stop there.
“When it comes to family planning, will the government give condoms (Nirodh) to you. Why would I have a habit of taking everything free from the government? What is the need of it?”
At that, the student said the government comes to them to seek their votes. Bamhrah angrily replied that “this is the height of stupidity. You don’t vote and go to Pakistan. You are giving a vote to take money and facilities from the government”.
That girl student responded that she is an Indian and why would she go to Pakistan?
“The government is providing facilities from the money of taxpayers. If taxpayers are paying taxes to the government, why would they not demand for the services?” she asked.
Another girl student claimed problems in toilets for girls in the school, saying that the boys also enter the girls’ toilet and make them uncomfortable.
At this, Bamhrah asked if every student present in the hall has separate toilets for them at home, leaving many in the audience surprised and shocked at the tenor of the senior IAS officer who demeaned the girl students.