A shocking video has emerged from Hyderabad showing a school principal caning students for allegedly not paying their school fees. The incident took place in Gowtham Model School, Shalibanda, Hyderabad.
The principal has been identified as Sunitha. The police say that the incident took place in December, but the video surfaced only recently.
In the video, the principal makes the students, who study between Classes 8 and 10, stand outside a classroom, before caning them. The video is not very clear and has been taken from a distance.The principal has been identified as Sunitha.
Activists are demanding that the principal and the District Education Officer be booked for the incident.
According to child rights activist Achyuta Rao, who heads Balala Hakkula Sangham, Sunitha has admitted to caning the students.
“The principal should be arrested for the crime. How are children responsible for not being able to pay the fee? The issue of fee payment is between parents and the school management; students should not be involved. Besides, how can one cane students?” demands Achyuta. “What if these students commit suicide or take some extreme step after being humiliated like this?”
The Hussaini Alam police has registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and are probing the incident.
Despite repeated attempts to contact the school, this reporter’s phone calls went unanswered. Hyderabad District Education Officer Satyanarayana didn’t comment on the issue either.
This comes to light shortly after a 14-year-old Sai Deepthi hanged herself in Malkajgiri of Hyderabad after she was pulled up in front of her class and not allowed to write the test because her parents hadn’t paid the fees yet.
Sai Deepthi, was forced to take the extreme step of hanging self, after the teacher and principal humiliated her in front of the entire class by making her stand outside the class before hurling casteist slurs at her.
This incident had outraged parents and activists alike, who questioned the actions of the school that forced the child to take her own life.