UP school forcefully shaves student’s head over ‘military’ haircut
Uttar Pradesh: From having ideas forced down your throat to losing any distinguishing sense of identity, school can be overwhelmingly oppressive for young students — especially in UP, where institutional discipline often oversteps these boundaries.
On Thursday, police in Ambedkar Nagar district of UP, arrested a staff member of the Nabi Hasan Inter College who allegedly had the head of a class 1 student — now identified as Shivansh — shaved citing his “military-style” haircut.
A military cut, sometimes known as the buzz cut, is a hairstyle with a distinctly recognisable fade along the sides and the back — so clean and classy that school manager Peer Mohammad, who has male pattern baldness, objected to the student showing up with the new look.
The management then went so far as to hire a barber and had his head shaved, Zee reported based on a police report filed by the victim’s father, Ravindra, who found out about the arbitrary disciplinary action after Shivansh returned home with a “bald” head.
According to ANI, the staff member has since been arrested and charged with causing insult to an individual with the intent of provoking them (Indian Penal Code section 504) and crimnal intimidation (section 506).
Station officer for Sammanpur police station, Deepak Singh Raghuvanshi, said the local law enforcement is investigating the matter further.
A similar case of forceful hair-cutting previously left parents fuming in late January after students of St. Mary School in Moradabad, UP, alleged that the administration took a trimmer to their hair without their consent.