The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday recommended that the Delhi government pay compensation of Rs 25,000 to a class seven student subjected to “unreasonable corporal punishment” in a government school in 2013.
The incident dates back to November 23, 2014 when the principal of a government school in North Delhi had allegedly beaten a boy, Aman, with a stick, thus, injuring both his wrists. An inquiry revealed, however, that there were no fractures, the commission observed.
While the boy’s family filed a complaint against the principal at the Timarpur police station, a separate complaint was filed before the NHRC by an activist.
The Delhi government had contended that since the police too had taken criminal action against the principal for beating the boy with a stick, “the award of monetary relief would not be appropriate, especially when the injuries did not seem to be grave.”
The commission, however, observed “it is an established fact that the victim was subjected to unreasonable corporal punishment and thereby his human rights were violated.” It has hence, asked the Delhi chief secretary to pay the compensation amount recommended by it to the boy and submit a compliance report to the commission in six weeks.
According to NHRC officials, the principal had been arrested on the day of the incident and a chargesheet was filed against him in February 2014.
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