Teachers who ‘branded’ 5-yr-old suspended

Two teachers of a local school were on Saturday suspended for allegedly handing out corporal punishment to a Class I student in which one of them allegedly branded the five-year-old with tongs for “bed-wetting”,education officials said.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Ahmedabad | Published: March 4, 2012 5:43 am

Two teachers of a local school were on Saturday suspended for allegedly handing out corporal punishment to a Class I student in which one of them allegedly branded the five-year-old with tongs for “bed-wetting”,education officials said.

The teachers of boarding school,N K Ashramshala,which is run by the Kasturba Gandhi Kelavani Trust,had allegedly caned Vishal Parmar for “bed-wetting” and later branded him with a pair of hot tongs a few days ago,they said.

The boy,in the first instance,was beaten up with a stick by his teacher Anil. In the second instance,he was branded by another teacher,Jaikar,officials said.

The matter came to light when school authorities called the boy’s father Ganesh Parmar,a diamond worker,and asked him to take the child home,saying he was “unwell”.

“The innocent child was severely punished. Both the teachers involved in the crime have been suspended,” officials of the state education department said.

“For the supervisory lapses,a show cause notice has been issued to the school principal. We have also issued a show cause to the institution asking them why their recognition should not be cancelled by the government,” an official statement said.

Vishal,a boarder at the school hostel,had told his parents that his teacher Anil had caned him when he discovered that the child had wet his bed in the night.

A local civil hospital where the child was taken to for treatment by his father decided to treat it as the medico-legal case and reported the matter to police.

“The boy was so badly thrashed by his teacher that it had left marks on his body,” police said.

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