The headmistress of a government primary school in Warangal district was placed under suspension for branding tiny tots in her charge with burning wood.
Education department officials said that Ms Shruti Kirthi, Headmistress of the Government Primary School at Jamadlapalli in Mahipadu Mandal was placed under suspension after she was prima facie found guilty of cruelty towards children.
At least ten students, eight students of Standard I and two students of Standard II suffered burn injuries in their legs and upper bodies.
Their crime: making mischief and chatting incessantly.
The matter came to light after some of the children returned home crying and narrated their plight to the parents.
The enraged parents rushed to the school in large numbers and staged dharna demanding her dismissal.
Acting swiftly, the district education officer placed Ms Kirthi under suspension.
“After looking into the scars on the bodies of the children, we have suspended her with immediate effect and informed the higher-ups fir further action,” District Education Officer Laxma Reddy told Hindustan Times.
Parents alleged that the headmistress was severely punishing the students for the last few days.
The children, including the girls, showed torture marks on their hands and legs as evidence.