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Rajasthan school's principal in-charge booked for assaulting students

The principal in-charge of a government school in Rajasthan's Bhilwara district has been booked for physically assaulting 11 students on Saturday during school hours.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2014 23:35 IST
Mahesh Agarwal

The principal in-charge of a government school in Rajasthan's Bhilwara district has been booked for physically assaulting 11 students on Saturday during school hours.

The incident took place at the Government Senior Secondary School in Patan township, around 90 km from district headquarter Bhilwara.

Police registered a case against the principal in-charge Indu Lal Gurjar on Sunday on the basis of a complaint lodged by the father of one of the students who was assaulted by the teacher, said Phool Chand, station house officer (SHO) of the Badnore police station.

The 16-year-old student Dhan Raj Banjara's father said that his son along with ten others was assaulted by Gurjar on Saturday during the interval without any "valid reason".

The students were of separate classes.

Police have booked Gurjar under Sections 323, 342, 349 and 352 of the Indian Penal Code and started a massive hunt to nab the accused who fled the town after the incident.

Circle officer Shobhagya Singh said police have been asked to add Section 41 of the Juvenile Justice Act (cruelty to minor student or child) in the case against the principal.

After the students reached home and narrated the incident, angry parents rushed to the school and shouted slogans against teacher demanding his immediate arrest.

In 2010, the Centre had issued strict guidelines against corporal punishment in schools with strict penalty for the guilty. Under the guidelines, the first violation could invite a jail term of up to one year or a fine of Rs 50,000 or both. For subsequent violations, the term of imprisonment could extend up to 3 years with an additional fine of Rs 25,000.

Interestingly, the heads of schools had been given the mandate for preventing corporal punishment.

The strict guidelines were issued amidst an outrage across the country following the death of a 12-year-old student of Kolkata's prestigious La Martiniere School for Boys. He had committed suicide after being humiliated and assaulted by the principal of the school.

The Patan school's principal Sajjan Singh Mehta, who is on leave, said that Gurjar has a history of misbehaving with students.

"I have made several complaints against Gurjar for misbehaving with students but government has not taken any action against him."

The principal, however, did not say why Gurjar was asked to officiate in his absence despite his poor record.

According to police, Gurjar took umbrage at the students' attempt to scale the school's boundary wall during the interval when the gates were locked.

District Bal Kalyan Samiti (children welfare society) chairperson Dr Suman Trivedi on Monday sent a team to investigate the matter and prepare a report.

District education officer Mahendra Verma also set up a two-member team to look into the matter.