AFTER A video of two minor boys standing semi-clad outside their tutorial class was shared widely on Saturday, the Malvani police station booked two persons from the tutorial on charges of “cruelty” and giving corporal punishment to the children, under the Juvenile Justice Act. The police said the incident occurred around 11 am on Friday outside the premises of Shree Tutorials in Malvani.
The 19-second video shot on the mobile phone of a local residing in the Malvani Gate No 5 area shows the two boys, aged eight and nine, evidently embarrassed and pleading from the door of the classroom to be allowed back in. The minors had been reportedly punished for not completing their homework.
On Saturday morning, the Malvani police took suo motu cognisance and registered the case. The two persons booked are Ganesh Nair, the owner of the tutorial, and his sister-in-law Saroj Nair.
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According to senior police inspector Milind Khetle, the duo was charged under sections 75 (punishment for cruelty to child) and 82 (corporal punishment) of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act. But no arrest has been made.
Ganesh said the children were punished at the behest of their parents. “The boys have been coming here since the last two years. Their parents complained to me that their children only play and do not study enough. Both the students’ mothers had approached me on Thursday and told me that
I should teach them a lesson. The mothers said this would make them work harder. After protesting a little, I told them I would oblige to their request,” said Nair.
Ganesh claimed that on Friday afternoon, his sister-in-law Saroj was taking a class and she asked the duo to take their clothes off and stand outside. While the police claimed the children were made to stand for nearly 15 minutes, Ganesh insisted they stood there for not more than three or four minutes.
“The children’s mothers were present at that moment. They wanted to see their children like that. I hardly made them stand for three-four minutes. I felt bad for them and took them back in regardless of what their mothers thought,” added Ganesh.
Malvani police officers said in Ganesh’s statement, he has said his classes have been running for the last five years and he has about 70 students from nursery to junior college.