A physical training instructor (PTI) has admitted to have beaten up a Class-5 boy with a stick after he found Rs 100 with him, suspecting that he had stolen it.
This was divulged in an inquiry report by the Kurukshetra district education officer (DEO) on Thursday.
On Thursday, Hindustan Times had reported that deputy commissioner Mandeep Singh Brar had directed the DEO, Sudesh Madan, to look into the allegations of corporal punishment. The incident took place at Dashmesh Vidya Mandir at Mathana village near Kurukshetra town on Tuesday.
Sharing her inquiry report with Hindustan Times on Thursday, the DEO said the child was severely beaten up on his lower limbs in a classroom. Madan, who visited the school on Thursday morning, said she would submit her detailed report to the DC by Friday for taking legal action.
"Today, I recorded the statements of all parties. We have taken a serious view of the corporal punishment and action will be taken as per rules," she said.
Madan quoted the accused teacher as saying that the child's class teacher noticed Rs 100 note in his (the child) possession and the matter was reported to the principal. She (principal) then took the child to the PTI teacher, who spoke to the child's father over phone regarding the recovery of money.
"Today, the child's father confirmed to me that he had asked the PTI teacher on Tuesday that his son may have stolen the money. He even asked the teacher to be strict with the ward to know from where he got the money," the DEO said. The child's grandmother, however, said the boy had found the note lying in a street and his father was not aware of it.
Madan said the parents had withdrawn their police complaint against the teacher, but added that the department would initiate legal proceedings against the teacher.
About the allegations that the child's mouth was gagged, the DEO said the parents had refused to submit a written complaint regarding it. "I asked the child's parents to provide me with a copy of the FIR and medico-legal report by 3pm, but no one turned up till evening for unspecified reasons," Madan added.