A teacher, who allegedly beat up a 12-year-old Dalit student for taking a plate from a stack reserved for non-Dalits at a government school in Jodhpur, was arrested late Saturday night, police said.
“Hemaram Jat had been picked up for questioning. After investigation, he was found to be guilty and was arrested on Saturday night,” said Narendra Choudhary, Circle Officer of Osian.
On Sunday, the teacher was suspended from his post. “Hemaram was put on Awaiting Posting Order (APO) on Saturday and, following his arrest on Saturday, we suspended him on Sunday,” said Nutan Bala Kapila, Deputy Director, Jodhpur, with the Education Department.
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The District Education Officer has also been asked to investigate the incident and submit a report, she added. On October 1, Dinesh, a student at Rajkiya Ucch-madhyamik Vidyalaya in Berdo Ka Bas gram panchayat in Osian block of Jodhpur district, reportedly picked up a plate from a stack meant for ‘non-Dalits’ during the mid-day meal.
This led other children to allegedly raise a hue and cry. Hemaram, the teacher in-charge of the mid-day meal, allegedly beat up Dinesh, who had to be hospitalised.
When his father Malaram Meghwal confronted Hemaram, he too was reportedly beaten up by the teacher. Hemaram has been booked under Sections 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as well as under the SC/ST Act.