Delhi student beaten by teacher for using RTI

August 7th, 2008 - 11:19 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 7 (IANS) Using the Right to Information Act (RTI) to know his examination marks proved costly for an 18-year-old student of a government school when he was allegedly brutally beaten up by his teacher in Dilshad Garden area of north-east Delhi Thursday. Mohsin Ansari, a Class 9 student of the Government Boys Senior Secondary School in Dilshad Garden, was admitted to hospital after being allegedly beaten by his physical training teacher, Jai Singh Yadav.

“Mohsin is being victimized for using the Right to Information Act. When he went to school today he was severely beaten up by his teacher,” Mohsin’s father, Mohammad Yusuf Ansari, told IANS.

Mohsin was taken to the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital from where he was discharged in the evening.

“He suffered several injuries. We have informed the police about it. We will complain to the chief minister, the education minister and the Central Information Commission about it,” Ansari said.

Mohsin had used the RTI to get a copy of the answer sheet of his English subject examination and also wanted to see the answer sheets of other students of his class.

Though he was given a copy of his paper, the authorities refused to show him the answer sheets of other students. He then approached the CIC, which directed the school authorities to show him the answer sheets of the other students.

Though the CIC passed the orders in June, the school authorities refused to show him the answer sheets.

“On Tuesday, when he reached school to inspect the answer sheets of other students, the school authorities threatened him and refused to show him any paper. They told him to go to the CIC again to get another order,” Ansari said.

The physical training teacher assaulted him in school Thursday.

“Today while I was in the school toilet, my physical activity teacher Jai Singh Yadav came and started beating me indiscriminately. He threw me down the stairs and slapped me repeatedly,” Mohsin told IANS.

His parents alleged that the principal was present in the school when the incident took place but didn’t intervene.

When contacted by IANS, Principal Gokal Singh denied the allegation, and said, “I was not in school when the incident took place.”

Jai Singh Yadav, when asked if he had indeed beaten the student, said: “I didn’t do anything at all.” He even threatened the reporter with dire consequences for reporting the incident.

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