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The school was physically punishing female students and expelled them when they failed to pay the tuition.
There has been widespread anger on social media after a video was circulated showing Baluchi schoolgirls from the Kerman province in southeast Iran being flogged after failing to pay their tuition fees.
In the video, girls speaking the Farsi language with Baluchi accent explained in detail how each of them was flogged eight times by the school principal for being unable to pay the fees due to poverty.
Iranian websites had showed the video, saying the accident happened at a school in the city of Rudbar Jonubi, which is inhabited by the Baluchies.
A Baluchi Activist told Asharq Al-Awsat that the accident happened after schools in the area started demanding from parents an amount of money that students in this very poor area were unable to pay. He said the school was physically punishing female students and expelled them when they failed to pay the tuition.
“The students’ parents asserted that the school had expelled their children after they failed to pay the tuition fees,” the activist said, adding that the Iranian websites did not reveal the identity of the girls and did not mention they were Baluchies.
The circulation of the video coincided with the International Day of The Girl.
Although schools opened one month ago in Baluchestan, the majority of students have not yet received their books. Schools in the province also suffer from a lack of teachers and staff.
Last September, Iran regime’s Vice-President for Women and Family Affairs Shahindokht Molaverdi said that 3.2 million students were deprived from attending schools, while girls living in poor areas constitute the majority of these students.
Extracted by Source: Asharq Al-Awsat, 12 Oct. 2016
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