The student was thrashed for reportedly not learning a Telugu poem.

Class 3 Telangana student dies from self-immolation after being thrashed by teacherImage for representation
news News Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 09:39

A Class 3 student in Telangana's Wanarpathy district, who had immolated himself last week after being allegedly thrashed by his teacher, succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday.

The student was thrashed for reportedly not learning a Telugu poem.

After being thrashed by for not being able to recite the poem, the child felt humiliated and poured kerosene, and set himself ablaze, the parents alleged.

The minor had suffered 80% burns, and was undergoing treatment at the Government General Hospital in Mahbubnagar. Following the incident, District Education Officer, Sushindar Rao, formed a committee to probe the incident, The Hans India reported.

The child’s father, Jelakari Naganna, had filed a case against the teacher, alleging that his son killed himself due to humiliation. The police registered a case against the teacher on Saturday.

Speaking to the local media, Anand’s classmate said, "First, he (Anand) made some mistakes in his notebook but the teacher didn't say anything. However, he was asked to write on the blackboard later, and repeated his mistake. After this, the teacher beat him up with a stick.”

Meanwhile, education department officials agreed to compensate the deceased family with Rs 1.5 lakh and revenue authorities have assured help to the family, under government schemes DC reported.

When the incident broke out, activists demanded the immediate suspension and arrest of the teacher involved.

Hyderabad-based NGO Balala Hakkula Sangham (BHS) demanded the immediate suspension of the Head Master of the school. The NGO also demanded an arrest and criminal case against the accused teacher.

"The Education Department should be ashamed of this act, which is discouraging poor children from education," the NGO said in a statement.

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