Mumbai: A school teacher has been bookedby Gamdevi police for thrashing a five-year-old kindergarten student with a wooden cane for writing 13 instead of 31.
The police, who registered the FIR against the senior KG class teacher of St Columba High School on Thursday, said a case has been filed under section 324 (assault). “She has not been arrested yet. It’s a serious offence and we will write to the BMC authorities to inspect the school to avoid such incidents in future,” policesub-inspector Nitin Mahadik said.
Founded in 1832, St Columba is the first school for girls in Mumbai. As per the complaint filed by the girl’s parents,shewascaned so badly that welts appeared on her legs. A medical check has reportedly confirmed that she was hit with a blunt object. The girl has a 5x3cm patch and multiple bruise marks on her right and left calf besides both ankles. The incident reportedly took place on Tuesday and the girl told her parents about it on her return from school.
When TOI contacted the school authorities, a spokesperson refuted the allegations of the parents. “We have been informed about this incident and we have also interrogated the teacher. She has refuted the charges. It looks like the parents have made up all this,” the official said. The police complaint states the victim was beaten up in front of the entire class but her classmates had be en warned not to talk about it.
The Times of India, January 10, 2014