A 14-year-old boy battling for life for the past two weeks after his teacher beat him in class died on Tuesday, his family members said.
Ajay Kumar, a Class VIII student of the government-run Sarvodaya Higher Secondary School in east Delhi’s East Vinod Nagar, had been on ventilator support since October 23 when he was allegedly beaten up.
“My son’s fault was that he was scribbling in his notebook and overwriting his teacher’s signature,” said the boy’s father Satya Prakash, a PWD employee. He said after the teacher beat him, Ajay collapsed on the floor. “We were called to the school… He had an injury on his neck and had problem in breathing. He had been in the ICU since then,” said Prakash. The boy died in north Delhi’s St.Stephen’s hospital to which he had been shifted from a nursing home.
The police said they are investigating the charges against the teacher while the Delhi government said it would order an inquiry.
The police registered a case under Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the IPC after the boy’s death. Earlier, it had registered a case under Section 308 (attempt to culpable homicide not amounting to murder).
The police want to verify facts. “We are conducting an investigation before making any arrests. We have sent the body for post mortem and also looking into the medical history of the boy,” said Ajay Chaudhary, DCP, east district.
Education Minister Arvinder Singh said: “There is no scope for corporal punishment in our schools. I will order an inquiry and if the teacher is found guilty, I will take strict action.”