In a shocking incident, the principal of a school in Andhra Pradesh gave electric shocks to a 10-year-old student.
Police in Tuni town of East Godavari district, about 500 km from Hyderabad on Saturday registered a case against the principal of a residential school run by a Christian mission.
Police were on the lookout for the principal, who allegedly justified the punishment before escaping to evade arrest.
During the investigation, police found that unable to bear the harsh punishment, a few students ran away from the Good Shepherd International High School.
The shocking fact came to light after Shirisha, a class III student, and her parents dared to lodge a complaint with the police.
The 10-year-old girl said her teacher gave her electric shocks. Shirisha, who had scars on her hands and feet, stopped attending the school a few days ago. When her parents asked why, she told them that the principal was giving her electric shocks.
When the parents approached the principal, he reportedly justified his action saying this was aimed at improving her academic performance.Unable to bear such punishment, a few students ran away from the school, where the majority of the students come from poor families.
The girl told the police that the principal was also getting the students to clean toilets and sweep floors.
Additional superintendent of police Ranganath said a case was registered against the principal and the police were looking for him. "The investigations are on to find out as to how many students were given electric shocks," he said.
The incident came close on the heels of another one where a schoolteacher allegedly pushed a five-year-old student so hard that he injured his tongue badly.
Parents of five-year-old K Devi Vara Prasad, a student of lower kindergarten at St Mary School in Nallakaunta, lodged a complaint with the police in this regard two days ago.
Last month, the head master of a private school in Mahabubnagar district was arrested for allegedly chaining a Class III student as punishment.
The series of incidents has evoked strong protest from student organisations and rights groups, who are demanding a ban on all forms of corporal punishment in school.