A nine-year-old boy was hospitalised after he was allegedly assaulted by his teacher for wearing a cap to class, officials said on Wednesday. The incident, which took place on August 22 in Putki, came to light on Tuesday after state human resource development minister Neera Yadav directed the district administration to take action against the teacher.
The teacher, identified as Prakesh Ravidas has been suspended after the boy’s parents approached Dhanbad MP Sajiv Singh, who informed the minister.
Ravidas has been suspended with immediate effect and an inquiry committee has been set up to probe into the incident, said district superintendent of education BB Singh.
"Corporal punishment can't be tolerated. We will take legal action on the teacher after the probe," he said.
The teacher allegedly slapped the boy repeatedly on his right ear, resulting in a blood clot, said the boy’s father. "After returning from school, my son complained of severe pain in his right ear," he said.
The boy’s parents alleged that the school management did not even apologise to them or take any action against the concerned teacher, which led them to approach the MP.
The school management swung into action only after the minister's intervention and said that they will bear the expenses of treatment of the boy.
"After getting complaint from parents, the school management has suspended the teacher. The education department has also been informed about the matter," said Akhilesh Giri, principal of the school.“The school management will bear the expenses for the treatment of the boy.”