Twenty-two days after the parent of a six-year-old student of Antonio D'Silva School in Dadar alleged that his child and one other classmate had their hands tied up with a metal chain and were made to clean school toilets, he has complained to the police that his son was punished by teachers again on Wednesday.
Prakash Gandhi filed a complaint at Shivaji Park police station on Thursday alleging that the school principal made his son stand on a bench in the staffroom and write his exam there.
“When my son came home from school on Wednesday, he said the principal had punished him again. This happened after the third teacher named in the incident was arrested on Wednesday morning,” he said
The child’s father added that he had also filed a complaint with Maharashtra's child rights commission and that he was planning to approach the courts against the school.
But the police, who made an inquiry after the fresh complaint, said they could not confirm whether the child was punished again. Suresh Unawane, senior police inspector of Shivaji Park police station, said, "We went to the school to verify. There has been no such case. Hence, we have not registered another case."
School trustee Leela D'Souza said the parent was deliberately making false allegations against the school.
"We had two teachers in the class where the boy was sitting to ensure that no such incident takes place. We inquired into the incident and found it was only a figment of the child's imagination," she said.
The school has maintained that the complaints of harassment are fabricated.