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Rajasthan teacher booked for assaulting bedridden mother

In a video that surfaced online, Jogendra Chaudhary of Shahjahanpur is seen pushing and beating his mother Bhram Kaur Devi who died last month.

india Updated: Feb 03, 2018 20:56 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Alwar
Police are also probing if the man was involved in his mother’s death.(Alamy)

The Rajasthan police detained a 40-year-old government schoolteacher on Saturday on the charges of assaulting his 82-year-old bedridden mother after a video surfaced on social media on Friday.

In the video, Jogendra Chaudhary of Shahjahanpur, about 100 km from Alwar, is seen pushing and beating his mother Bhram Kaur Devi who died last month. Police said the video was recorded in the summer but had surfaced on the social media now. Police registered a case against the teacher on Friday evening at Shahjahanpur police station on its own.

Chaudhary had gone missing shortly after the video became public.

“Chaudhary was detained from an ashram in Neemrana in Sikar district and brought to Shahjahanpur for investigation,” Deputy Superintendent of Police (Behror) Janesh Tanwar said.

The officer said earlier Chaudhary’s location was traced to Jhunjhunu where police teams were sent but he was later found in Neemrana.

He added that the case against Chaudhary has been lodged under sections 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 352 (punishment for assault or criminal force otherwise than on grave provocation) and 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Tanwar said Chaudhary’s mother had a paralytic attack and was bedridden for a few years. Police are also probing if Chaudhary was involved in his mother’s death.

“He had been taking care of his mother all these years, but on that particular day Chaudhary said something snapped inside him and he admitted to assaulting his mother in a fit of rage and despair,” said Surendra Malik, Station House Officer (SHO) of Shahjanpur.

The video was recorded by the teacher’s nephew, the police said. They are also probing who made the video public.

Chaudhary’s wife is also a government teacher. He has two brothers – one is in the Army and one in Rajasthan police.

First Published: Feb 03, 2018 20:56 IST