A teacher who was allegedly seen brutally caning an eight-year-old boy in a Matunga school for special children, in a video clip that was circulated among parents, was booked Thursday by the Matunga police for voluntarily causing hurt.
An FIR has been registered against Reema Kargutkar, whose statement will be recorded on Friday.
The boy’s parents learned that it was their own child at the receiving end of the blows only when they saw the video clip after a PTA meeting on August 2.
The alleged incident took place on June 30 at the Little Angel’s school at Matunga, a centre for differently abled children. 30 students aged above five study at the Matunga centre, while its head office is in Bandra.
“The clip was recorded by a resident of a neighbouring building. It shows the teacher thrashing my son and shouting at him and other kids. When we approached the director of the school and complained about this, he wasn’t sorry about the incident. Hence, we had to approach the police on Tuesday,” said the boy’s father.
The boy’s parents allege the police initially asked them to approach the Child Rights Commission and lodge a complaint. “Only on Thursday, the police agreed to file an FIR,” the parent said.
The boy’s father alleged, “My son was screaming in pain as the teacher repeatedly caned him. It seems the teacher regularly assaulted my son and other students.” Authorities at the Matunga school for special children confirmed the caning of an eight-year-old boy, and said action had already been initiated against the teacher. “As soon as we came to know of the incident, we suspended the teacher who had been with us for two years now,” said a senior teacher at the Matunga centre.
When approached, Jehangir Afshari, the director of the Little Angel’s school said, “We are verifying all the details and the video clip too. Our students are dear to us and we cannot allow such behaviour by any teacher.”
The parents have now decided to approach the Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights to lodge a complaint along with the clip as supportive evidence.