A CLASS IX student of a Ghatkopar school had to be hospitalised after his class teacher allegedly beat him with a wooden ruler in the class over a “disciplinary issue”. The family of the boy has claimed that the teacher hit him on the head, where he had already had an injury. The teacher has been arrested by the Ghatkopar police. “We have arrested the teacher, Shyam Bahadur Vishwakarma, and booked him for causing hurt under the Indian Penal Code and also under the Juvenile Justice Act for assaulting a minor,” said Vyankat Patil, senior inspector, Ghatkopar police station.
On Thursday morning, Suhail Ansari, a 13-year-old boy studying in Oxford English High School at Kurla West, was allegedly beaten up with a wooden ruler by his class teacher for causing trouble in class. The boy’s elder brother Shoaib said Suhail came home complaining of pain in his head at the spot where he had undergone a surgery three months ago.
“Suhail had been hit with a bamboo during a family feud almost three months ago. He had to undergo an operation and a plate was inserted in his head. We had informed the school management about the medical condition and yet, the teacher hit him on the exact spot,” said Shoaib. “While we were rushing Suhail to Sion Hospital, he fainted on the way,” he added.
Shoaib said the family then registered a case at the Ghatkopar police station. “We have seen the CCTV footage in which the teacher is seen beating Suhail with a wooden ruler. One of the blows hit Suhail in the head,” said Shoaib.
The school has suspended the teacher and issued a memo. “In the CCTV footage, the teacher is seen beating the boy on the hand and not on the head. We have shared the footage with the police,” said Khan Mohammed Nadeem, the manager of Oxford English High School.
According to Nadeem, Suhail was trying to disrupt the class and the teacher had warned him and asked him to remain seated. “The school condemns the teacher’s act. We have suspended the teacher and are cooperating with the police,” said Nadeem.