Parents protest as school locks kids over fees

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Mumbai:  The Khar Education Society's Mumba Devi Vidyamandir school faced the ire of politicians and child rights activists on Friday, after it continued to detain nearly 20 students in the school library despite a police complaint against it.

The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Friday issued a warning to the management of the school, saying the party would lock the teachers and trustees inside the school if the police failed to take action against them.

The school had confined the students for not paying the fees, which had been increased by Rs 3,000.

Party activists and parents of the students gheraoed principal Rupa Patil, and held an agitation at Khar police station, demanding the arrest of the trustees and the principal.

Parents clarified that the school management had increased fees without talking to them.

"The school had not taken permission from the Directorate of Education to hike fees," said a parent.

Parents and activists demand strict action against the management. "Such behaviour violates the International Convention of Child Rights, which states children should not be mentally or physically abused," said Bombay high court Advocate Siddharth Murarka.

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