Delhi teacher canes two students

February 22nd, 2008 - 12:44 am ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) In yet another case of corporal punishment in Delhi, a teacher of a state-run school Thursday beat up two class 5 students over a petty issue. The incident comes days after a 15-year-old girl slipped into coma after being mercilessly thrashed by her teacher. The latest incident occurred in a Municipal Corporation of Delhi school in Metro Vihar of Narela when teacher Pradeep Kumar first stopped two students, Anil and Narendra, from fighting with each other and then allegedly beat them up with a stick.

Anil sustained minor injuries on back and head, while Narendra was hit on face. The duo was taken to a nearby hospital, where they were discharged after the treatment.

“He (Pradeep) pulled my hair and hit me mercilessly with a stick,” Anil said.

Anil’s father blamed school administration for not taking any action against the accused teacher.

“The teacher beat him with a stick and he had injuries on back and head. The teachers are not ready to talk to us,” said Gurcharan, father of Anil.

The police have registered a case after the victims’ parents went to the police station. “The teacher is absconding and we will register a case after investigations,” said a police official.

On Wednesday, Delhi’s education minister ordered an inquiry in the case of 15-year-old Rinky Kaushik, who slipped into coma after her teacher in a private school beat her in east Delhi.

“There is no place of corporal punishment in education and such types of incidents will not be tolerated by the government. We have issued a show-cause notice to the school and have asked why it should not be de-recognised,” minister Arvinder Singh Lovely said.

He said such incidents “cast a question mark on the noble profession” of teaching. He added that it is the duty of all citizens of Delhi, including teachers, parents and general public, to oppose corporal punishment.

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