A fifth grader of a school in Barwani had to be hospitalised late on Tuesday after he was severely beaten by his principal, who has since been sacked.
The boy’s family said he was meted out the brutal punishment over a seemingly minor issue, but the school’s principal, Alok Shukla, claimed the student had been caught bothering girls.
School director Rajesh Jain said Shukla had been terminated.
Mansha Ram Namdeo, the boy’s father, said he admitted his child at the district hospital on Tuesday night after he complained of severe pain and swelling in various parts of his body.
As soon as he was admitted to the hospital, the doctors began treating him and alerted the police.
"My son didn’t reveal the incident after coming from school, but when victim’s mother saw his gloomy face and removed his clothes, she found black and blue mark on his body," the victim’s father said.
When contacted, school principal Shukla, who is the son of a head constable posted at AJK police station Barwani, claimed the boy was a routine 'nuisance maker' and a number of his female classmates "had complained against him".
In the latest incident, the principal claimed, he had written 'I Love U' in a girl’s notebook.
The girl went to the principal who then pulled up the student.
"The parents were also informed several times but never took cognizance of the complaints," Shukla claimed.
ASP Barwani, PS Meena, said the police were inquiring into the matter. The officer said the department of education should also take action.