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Principal accused of thrashing student for not wearing sweater in Varanasi

The principal has, however, refuted the allegations and claimed that he only sought an explanation from the student.

india Updated: Jan 31, 2018 23:31 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Varanasi, Hindustan Times
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A student of Class 7 was allegedly kicked and beaten up by his principal for not wearing a sweater during the Republic Day function at a school in Badagaon area of Varanasi, police said.

Station officer, Badagaon, Anil Singh said Mahendra Bind of Godhana village in Mirzapur alleged that Mithai Lal Patel, principal of Pt Deendayal Upadhyay Ashram Paddhati Vidyalay in Saato Mahua of Badagaon, kicked and beat up his son for not wearing a sweater.

He said the boy was admitted to a private hospital for treatment.

The principal, however, refuted the allegations and claimed that he only sought an explanation from the student.

“I only asked the boy as to why he didn’t put on a sweater. I am a teacher and understand my role and responsibilities. All allegations against me are baseless,” Patel said.

Bind said his son stayed in a hostel and reached the school without wearing a sweater to attend Republic Day function.

He told the police that the principal allegedly lost his cool on seeing the boy without sweater and asked for an explanation.

“When the boy told him that he did not wear the sweater as it was dirty, the principal kicked him and kept beating him till he fell on the ground. He sustained injuries on his waist,” Bind told the police.

“Other students took my son to the hostel and informed me about the incident. I reached the school and shifted him to a private hospital in Varanasi where he is undergoing treatment,” he said.

The station officer said an FIR had been lodged against the principal under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. “Action will be taken on the basis of investigation and medical report,” he said.

First Published: Jan 31, 2018 23:25 IST