A 13-year-old boy collapsed after being beaten by the principal at a government school in Mukherjee Nagar in northwest Delhi on Saturday. The police arrested the principal. He was granted bail subsequently.
Last week, a 16-year-old had accused a teacher of hitting him for reaching the school five minutes late in Najafgarh in southwest Delhi. The episode reportedly damaged his eardrums.
Saturday’s incident occurred at the Rajkiya Sarvodaya Seha Shiksha Vidyalaya in Mukherjee Nagar. The student of Class VIII alleged that the school principal used a wooden staff to beat him.
“We were playing when the class monitor, Deepak, went and complained to the principal that we were making noise. Principal O.P. Dahiya barged into the classroom with a wooden staff and started hitting me. I fell on the ground,” the student has said in the complaint to the police.
The boy reportedly kept writhing in pain without any medical attention for about half an hour in the classroom. His elder brother Aman, who is in the same school in Class XI, rushed him home on a rickshaw.
“After they reached home, we made a call to the police. I took my son to Bara Hindu Rao Hospital. He has marks on his legs and back,” said Dharamvir Nagar, the boy’s father who works with the DTC.
“TThey should have at least given him some medical help. If a teacher had committed such an offence, we would have gone to the principal. Whom do we go to now?” said Jayawati, his mother.
A case of hurt and wrongful confinement was registered at the Mukherjee Nagar police station. “We arrested the principal after we received the complaint from the boy’s parents. A case was registered. As it was a bailable offence, he was out the same day,” said N.S. Bundela, DCP (northwest).
The Delhi Education Department has started an enquiry into the case. “We still do not know the facts. We have stated an enquiry and if the principal is proved guilty, we will take strict action,” said Rina Ray, Delhi Education Secretary.