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Teacher summoned for assaulting student

He was bruised till he was blue, and sworn at repeatedly before his classmates - a seven-year-old child told the court about his ordeal at the hands of his class teacher. Sumit Saxena reports.

delhi Updated: Mar 24, 2011 23:36 IST
Sumit Saxena

He was bruised till he was blue, and sworn at repeatedly before his classmates - a seven-year-old child told the court about his ordeal at the hands of his class teacher.

Following the child's complaint, the court issued summons to the teacher.

The boy, a Class 1 student, along with his father, filed a complaint in court against the child's class teacher Sunita of Maxfort School, Parwana Road, Pitampura, in northeast Delhi.

The father also filed in court the Medico Legal Certificate (MLC) that confirmed the assault on the boy.

The father, in his complaint, said that he repeatedly approached the school management about his child's ill-treatment, but the authorities did not provide any relief.

"The child has stated before the court that he developed fear of school due to beatings and verbal insults inflicted by his class teacher," said metropolitan magistrate Vishal Singh. "The matter seems very sensitive, as it pertains to an alleged mistreatment of an innocent child by his class teacher."

Repeated attempts to contact the officials of Maxfort school did not yield any response from them.

The magistrate observed that the teacher not just misbehaved with the child by insulting him "by swearing at him", but also slapped and kicked him, which resulted in physical and mental trauma to the child".

Singh noted that according to the child's progress card, "The child is obedient, sincere and well behaved, and is active in his curricular and extracurricular activities in the class."

The father also produced in court his son's school diary as evidence - there is an entry on January 18, 2011, which mentioned the beating - that corroborated the child's testimony of assault.

The court, however, granted bail to the teacher in the case.