Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde today met a 13-year-old girl from Kolhapur district who had to be hospitalised after the principal of her school asked her to do 500 sit-ups by way of punishment.The girl, a std 8th student, has been admitted to a hospital in Mumbai. Tawde met the girl today and assured her of government’s support, an official statement said.The girl will be provided free treatment, and shifted to a nearby school if she doesn’t want to continue at her present school, it said.Her father, who works in the same school as a peon, too will be transferred to a nearby school if he wishes so, it added.Chandgad police in Kolhapur district had arrested Ashwini Devan, the 45-year-old school principal, in this matter after a complaint was lodged. She was released on bail.On November 24, Devan allegedly asked eight students of std 8th at the privately-run Shri Bhavashwari Sandesh Vidyalay in Kanoor Budrook village of Chandgad tehsil to do 500 sit-ups for not doing project work.One of them, a girl, took ill while doing sit-ups. She was later shifted to a hospital. On December 10, a police complaint was lodged against the principal.
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