A school teacher allegedly slapped two female students, hit them with a stick and pulled one of them by the hair on Tuesday, sparking outrage.
The students of Government High School, Immamgarh, are studying in Class 6.
The father of one of the girls, Amar Singh, who contacted reporters of major media outlets to vent out his anger, lashed out at the school administration for meting out physical punishment to the students.
He also accused the school administration of shielding the accused teacher and forcing the father for a compromise.
“Beating up Class 6 students in such a way is shameful. These are small kids and they can easily get hurt even by a small slap,” he said.
Singh’s daughter told reporters that the accused teacher barged into a “noisy classroom” in the absence of the Hindi teacher who had just gone out and started hitting her classmate and her “even before speaking anything”.
“He continued to beat us till we fell on the floor. He also pulled my braid to make me stand again,” she said.
The school principal, Gurcharan Singh, admitted that the girls were beaten up. He parried further questions, but called the incident “routine” and said the girls “must have committed a mistake”.
The principal, however, said the school teachers had been instructed not to punish students physically again.
District education officer Sandeep Nagar said he was unaware of the incident and added he will look into the matter and take action accordingly.