School sues student’s parents for Rs 1 crore,says they gave it bad press

After a Dadar school filed a defamation suit seeking nearly Rs 1 crore as damages,the civil court has summoned the parents of a Class II student on September 16

Written by Dipti Sonawala | Mumbai | Published: September 6, 2013 1:53 am

After a Dadar school filed a defamation suit seeking nearly Rs 1 crore as damages,the civil court has summoned the parents of a Class II student on September 16. The parents had filed a police complaint against two teachers of Antonio Da Silva School,accusing them of chaining their son,making him clean toilets as punishment and later beating him up.

In the notice,the school has accused Prakash and Pushpa Gandhi,parents of the boy,of defaming the school and its management by getting articles on the issue published in local newspapers. The management has also sought Rs 99.50 lakh as damages towards harming the reputation of the 145-year-old institute by making “false” allegations.

None of the trustees of the school and the principal were available for comment.

As per the notice,an internal investigation by the school had concluded that the parents’ claims of harsh punishment by teachers were false. Senior teachers and other staff members had said no incident as described by the Gandhis had taken place on the school premises and that their son and his classmates were not made to clean toilets.

“The allegations and imputations in newspapers are totally false,patently unfounded and grossly defamatory and amounts to serious libel,” the notice reads. The school had earlier said the Gandhis never complained about the alleged punishment to the management,which learned about it through the media.

The Gandhis,however,claim that they had approached the school immediately. “We had approached the principal. However,she instantly refuted the allegations. Our son was in trauma after the incident. We had no option but to approach police,” said Pushpa.

The parents also alleged the school tried to threaten them and forced them to withdraw their complaint. They even issued a leaving certificate (LC) with a remark,“The parents of this student have defamed the school”. The parents claimed their son was refused admissions to two schools owing to this remark. The parents then moved the Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MSCPCR),which directed the school to remove the negative remark from the child’s LC. The school moved the city civil court.

dipti.sonawala@expressindia.com

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