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Principal booked for ‘slapping’ Class IX boy

A warning to deter unruly students in a classroom has landed the principal of Vadodara’s Sayaji Boys’ High School in trouble.

Written by Express News Service | Vadodara | Published: August 26, 2013 3:00:33 am

A warning to deter unruly students in a classroom has landed the principal of Vadodara’s Sayaji Boys’ High School in trouble. Natthuram Chaudhary,the school principal,was booked by the Wadi police late on Saturday for allegedly injuring a student of Class IX on Saturday.

Chaudhary,who had slapped 14-year-old Karan Patni for creating a ruckus in the classroom,ended up damaging the boy’s left ear drum.

Karan’s family rushed him to Sayaji hospital,and later filed a police complaint against the principal. They also demanded that the school trust should pay the medical expenses of their injured son.

On his return to class after tiffin break on Friday afternoon,Karan joined a group of students having a merry time. According to the police,Chaudhary,who was on the same floor at that time,decided to check on the class. He rounded up four students,including Karan,for creating a ruckus during class hours.

An officer of the Wadi police station,where the complaint has been registered,said,“The principal said he wanted to emphasise on the need for discipline and that order had to be maintained in school. So he slapped all four boys. However,he ended up slapping Karan close to the left ear,causing the injury. We have registered the complaint of the family and booked the principal under Section 323,since it is a bailable offence.”

Karan,whose father is an autorickshaw driver,was first taken to a private city hospital for treatment. However,the family was told that the cost of the surgery to treat Karan’s damaged eardrum could go up to Rs 20,000. Then they decided to bring him to Sayaji hospital.

Karan’s parents visited the school on Saturday,but the principal was not available to talk to them. They then asked the officers of the MS trust to pay for Karan’s treatment. The trust has assured the parents that it will pay for the medical treatment.

An official of the school says,“The Principal was only trying to restrain the boys from creating a ruckus. He did not intend to injure them or use any harsh measures. It was just a misfortune that this student was injured in the process. The school authorities,including the principal,are with the family and will extend full support for the treatment of the ward.”

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