Turning up 15 minutes late to school proved traumatic for a Class 8 student: he was allegedly made to clean a stinking toilet just used by another student, as punishment.
Sevakram Morey (13), who reportedly vomited on the scene, was also caned and made to kneel, he later said.
The alleged incident occurred on Wednesday at Nishatai Wankhede school in the Snehnagar area of the city, which ironically is opposite Education Officer Mahesh Karajgaonkar’s house.
Principal Kanchan Wankhede, however, denied that such a punishment had been meted out.
She told mediapersons that the boy had merely been asked to pour water after he himself used the toilet. Later, school Director Ramrao Wankhede, who is also Kanchan’s father-in-law, asked protesting activists from the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) youth wing to leave the premises.
Sevakram’s parents have decided to withdraw him from the school.
On Thursday, they also sought help from BJP youth wing Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) activists, urging them to take up the issue with the school management.
Sevakram was late to school by about 15 minutes on Wednesday morning.
He was taken to the office of Principal Kanchan Wankhede, where he was allegedly caned for the delay.
He was then allegedly asked to go to the school toilet and given a cloth to wipe it clean, Sevakram said.
When he hesitated he was forced by the neck to kneel down and then made to wipe the toilet, the boy alleged.
Mediapersons who later visited the school found the toilet not just unclean but stinking too. Sevakram’s father Udaram said his son vomited in the bathroom due to the stink and then sat for some time on the steps.
“My son has been traumatised and has not yet recovered,” he said.
Added BJP leader Sandeep Joshi: “I asked our activists to be restrained in their behaviour because there were children around. But since the school has not listened to us or to the boy’s parents, we have decided to take up the issue with the education department.”