An 11-year-old boy from a Kalyan-based school was allegedly beaten up by a teacher, with a wooden stick, on Monday. The child’s parents approached the Mahatma Phule police in Kalyan on Monday night, after which a case was registered against the teacher, identified as Ravi Kumar Singh.
The boy is a student of Class 5 in the Central Railway Secondary School and Junior College on Murbad Road, Kalyan West. While the school authorities could not be reached for comment, the Mahatma Phule police confirmed that a case has been registered against Singh. According to the parents, the teacher claimed the boy was disrupting the class, along with another student.
When the boy was picked up by his mother from school, she saw injury marks on his legs and signs of injury on his cheeks.
The boy’s father said, “My wife went to the teacher and asked him why our son had been beaten up so brutally. The teacher said he had the right to beat his student, and that he had only hit my son twice. Later, after coming home, my wife found marks on his back and his left shoulder. The marks on both the cheeks can still be seen.”
He said, “After seeing the injuries, she called me and narrated the incident. The teacher also asked my son what my profession is. When my son told him that I am a painter, he thrashed him, saying that he too would become a painter. We have registered a complaint against the teacher as the school authorities have not taken any action against him and are ignoring the issue.”
The Mahatma Phule police have registered a case under sections 323, 324 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code and section 23 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2000.
Vijay Bhise, inspector, Mahatma Phule police station, said, “We have registered a case against the teacher on the basis of the statement of the parents and the child. No arrest has been made yet as the investigation is still on.” HT tried to contact the school’s principal, but there was no response.