A case has been registered against a teacher and the principal of Dadar-based Antonio D’Silva High School for harassing and humiliating two Class 1 students, the police said. The complaint was registered on Thursday on the basis of allegations made by the father of one of the students.
Dhananjay Kulkarni, deputy commissioner of police, zone 5, said the incident took place on Wednesday in the school premises. “The victim’s father has alleged that his son’s teacher, who was upset with the six-year-old for fighting with another student from his class, tied up their hands with a chain, paraded them in front of students of other classes and made them clean the toilet,” Kulkarni said. The father has also alleged that the students were locked up in the storeroom for a few hours, the police said.
The victim’s father said in his statement that when his son came home from school, he looked upset and told his parents about the incident. The father then approached the Shivaji Park police to register a complaint.
After recording his statement, the police registered a case against the teacher and the principal under section 23 (cruelty to juvenile or child) of the Juvenile Justice Act.
Kulkarni said, “We have not made any arrests as the probe is on. We are trying to find out if there are eyewitnesses to the incident.” The police will be talking to other students and school staffers to get more information.
A spokesperson of the school trust denied the incident, and said, “A small incident has been blown out of proportion. We have called a meeting on Monday to look into the matter.”