The parents of a Class 3 student of a private school in Bengaluru have approached the city police alleging that the student was beaten up by his teacher for using the washroom while the class was in progress.
According to a complaint filed at Bharti Nagar police station on Tuesday, the incident took place on February 11, when the eight-year-old child was beaten up by his physical education teacher.
Speaking to The Hindu after filing the complaint, the child's mother Maria Priya said that the treatment meted out to her child was nothing but corporal punishment.
She said that the boy came home with a bleeding nose on February 11 and narrated the ordeal when enquired. Though she raised a complaint with the school authorities about the matter and the headmistress had assured to look into it, the boy was allegedly not allowed to enter the classroom on Monday.
Maria Priya alleged that her son was made to sit outside the classroom from 9 am to 3.30 pm and was prevented from appearing for a class test.
“When we approached the school again, the headmistress said that we must pay the remaining Rs. 2,000 fee (of the total Rs. 10,000). They threatened to bar my son from attending school — only two months before the end of the academic year,” she told The Hindu.
In view of the mental and physical harassment inflicted on the child, the parents then sought the intervention of the police. They are also in the process of taking up the matter with the Child Rights Commission, say reports.
Last week, a similar incident was reported from Bengaluru's Ulsoor.
The parent of a 5-year-old girl studying in East Wood High School had complained that the child's teacher pulled down her underpants in front of the classroom and made the children say “shame, shame, puppy shame”.
The child's mother Ananthi had then told TNM, “My daughter came home crying a few days ago, and said that her class teacher had removed her sweater and shamed her in front of the class. When I went to the school the next day, another boy’s underpants were removed. He was made to stand in front of the class with just his shirt. The boy was crying uncontrollably. It was then that my daughter said that the same had happened to her."
Following this, Chairman of the Child Rights Commission visited the school on Tuesday and found the charges to be true.