Pune: A shocking incident of severe corporal punishment came to light wherein a teacher of Physical Education thumped a Std IX student black and blue for celebrating a classmate’s birthday during a free period in Rambhau Mhalgi Secondary & Higher Secondary School in Kadus village of Khed taluka on Monday.
The student suffered a severe injury on his fingers and underwent stitches on his hand. The other 4 to 5 students who were took part in the celebration were also beaten up.
A parent, whose son studies in Std VII in the same school, said this teacher is known to beat up students for trivial things. He said that the management is backed by a political party that openly supports teachers who are violent and threaten students.
Another parent, whose daughter is in the same class as of the Std IX student, told Sakal Times, “The student was beaten up just because he consumed a cold drink in class. The teacher kept on beating the child with a wooden stick to the point that the student’s finger was cut and blood splashed everywhere.”
The parent added that now he is scared to send his daughter to the school. However, the parents are hesitant to lodge any complaint against the teacher fearing for their child’s future. The teacher has also been pressurising students’ parents to not register any police complaint.
Activists cry foul
Child rights’ activists have shamed this incident and have raised questions against the psychology of these teachers who are recruited in schools. “Corporal punishment has been banned in school by the government. We need to investigate the psychology of these teachers who conduct such heinous crimes on children,” said Anjali Pawar, Director of Sakhi.
“I am already planning to file a complaint with Child Rights Commission. These teachers must be condemned under Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act of 2015,” said Anjali Pawar, Director of Sakhi.
Anuradha Sahasrabudhe, who is a former Juvenile Justice Board member and at present Honorary Director of Dnyandevi Childline, Pune, said that it is necessary that parents register a complaint against such illicit acts conducted in schools.
“It is important to file a complaint. If a school or teacher is involved in any grievous and offensive crime against children, the incident should be immediately reported to the police. There are strong laws and acts implemented to protect children in our country under which they can be convicted and punished,” said Sahasrabudhe.
What the school principal has to say:
“The boy was found serving a cold drink in a glass to his classmates. Such a trend is neither followed in our village nor accepted. So, the students were certainly at fault. But the teacher’s act also cannot be justified. Whatever has happened is wrong and offensive. I have not seen such a thing happen in 32 years of my career. I have already ordered an investigation into the matter and will soon take an action in the case,” said Mrudula Karpe, Principal of Rambhau Margi Secondary and Higher Secondary School.