The Holy Cross College for Women, a reputed college in the city of Tiruchirappalli, Tamilnadu, India, which is run by Christian misionaries, has suspended 500 girl students and also asked the suspended students to bring their parents on January 24 to be readmitted.
According to media reports, the college was reopened on Tuesday the 18th of January 2011 after the Pongal festival.
The 500 students-300 hostelers and 200 day scholars had returned to the college on Wednesday after cutting the class en masse on Tuesday, when the college had reopened.
Upon arrival on Wednesday the 19th of January 2011 they were reprimanded by the teachers and the hapless students were also asked to gather in a hall where they were confined for close to five hours.
Then came the harshest of punishment, they were handed over five days of suspension from the college and slapped with a fine of Rs 1,000 for skipping the classes on the day the college reopened after Pongal holidays.
Ironically, the students who were being punished for missing classes for a day are now being forced to miss the classes for a week.
Criticising the institution’s action, the regional joint director of collegiate education, Ms Nirmala, told the media persons that the suspension would be revoked.