A day after a class nine student of a private school in Tamil Nadu’s Perambulur district alleged that his teachers forced him to drink his own urine as punishment, an enquiry by education department officials on Saturday proved the complaint was false.
District chief education officer M Mallika told press persons on Saturday that “three teachers were suspended for beating up the student D Bharatiraja. But allegations that the teachers forced him to drink urine are false.”
The boy's allegations, coming close on the heels of the shocking incident from West Bengal's Viswabharati were found to be false. He kept changing his story, the education department official said.
The headmaster of Sirumalar Higher Secondary School, U Thangavel, said that the officials from education department had visited the school and completed their enquiry. Yes, three teachers have been suspended but the boy's complaint of being forced to drink urine was found to be false, he said.
At first the boy alleged that he was forced to drink urine. But during the enquiry the boy said that he had urinated when he was beaten up by the teachers and he denied that he ever drank urine, the headmaster said.
“Since the incident had occurred in the classroom, if he had urinated everyone would have noticed,” the headmaster said adding none of his classmates or teachers said anything about the boy passing urine, Thangavel told media on Saturday.
The boy was punished by the teachers for his persistence with consuming tobacco products sold in pouches. The boy’s father, T Desnguraja, maintained that his boy was beaten up very badly and is being given treatment at a local hospital. His father is admitted to Kumbakonam government hospital after his leg was fractured in a different incident earlier. He too denied that his son was forced to drink urine and wondered as to how the boy ever made such an allegation.