PUSHKAR AGARWAL, a class III student of Christ Church College here, was brutally assaulted by his class teacher on Friday. The student, who received a deep gash just below his left eye, had to be taken to the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Hospital. Later Pushkar’s father lodged a non-cognizable report (NCR) against the teacher at the Hazratganj police station.
Interestingly, realising the gravity of the her action, the teacher concerned unsuccessfully tried to erase the blood stains on Pushkar’s clothes.
Reacting to the incident, Pushkar said, “As I lost my pencil, I could not take down my notes. I sought help from another boy who wrote it for me on my copy. When I found my pencil, I erased what my friend had written and started writing on my own. Just then my teacher came and hit me hard with my pencil box,” he said.
Zapped to see his child’s bloodstained shirt, Pushkar’s father Mukesh Kr Agarwal immediately took the child to Hazratganj police station to register a complaint. “I wanted to lodge an FIR but they registered a Non-Cognizable Report,” he said.
Justifying the NCR report, CO Hazratganj Ajay Mishra said: “A case has been registered under section 323 of the IPC which is appropriate for this incident.”
When contacted, principal Rakesh Chatri told this newspaper that he scolded the teacher in front of the parents and they were all very convinced.
According to the principal corporal punishment is banned in the school. He said the teacher told him that Pushkar and another boy in the class were fighting for some reason and while she tried to separate them her bangle caused the wound.
The teacher denied having hit the child with a pencil box, Chatri said.
The incident was vehemently criticised by the teaching fraternity. Dr Urvashi Sahani, principal of Study Hall School, said: “Teachers are certainly not allowed to hit the child. The school must take the matter seriously and initiate stern action against the class teacher for assaulting a child. This is illegal and certainly comes under corporal punishment.The teacher must be brought to book.”