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Never received reports of lesbians in educational institution: WB Edu Min

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Kolkata

West Bengal education minister Partha Chatterjee has created a controversy, saying lesbianism is “against the ethos” of the state. Chatterjee’s remarks came a day after a Kolkata school reportedly forced its students to sign a written confession admitting they are lesbians.

The West Bengal government on Wednesday said it will approach the management of a city school to ascertain whether it had obtained admission from 10 students that they had indulged in lesbianism.

State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee, commenting on this incident, said he will not inculcate the idea of lesbianism in schools. Chatterjee said he had “never” received reports of lesbianism from anywhere in the state. “In the past, we had never received reports of such incidents in the state’s educational institutions. If such an incident (lesbianism) had indeed happened, it would be against the ethos of our state. I will ascertain from the school management what prompted them to secure the written admission from the students,” Chatterjee said.

Chatterjee said the government was not treating the issue lightly, as it was unprecedented in the educational institutions of the state.

“In the past, we had never received reports of such incidents in the state’s educational institutions. If such an incident (lesbianism) had indeed happened, it would be against the ethos of our state. “I will ascertain from the school management what prompted them to secure the written admission from the students,” said Chatterjee.

What asked what is the problem with homosexuality spreading, he was quoted as saying in the report: “It is a problem at the school level. Young teenagers should not explore sexuality among themselves. That is not the culture of Bengal.”

Students of the Kamala Girls’ High School were allegedly made to sign a “confession” last week that they were lesbians. A heated argument ensued between the acting headmistress and the parents on Monday, followed by a protest on Tuesday.

Kamala Girls School’s acting headmistress had said two days back that following a complaint by classmates, the school had called ten students who accepted that they had indulged in lesbian behaviour. The school then asked them to admit it in writing, which these students did.

But when the school summoned the guardians of the ten students, they rubbished the allegations and staged a noisy protest, against the school “getting the written admissions forcibly”.

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