A 10-year-old boy died on Friday from injuries he received after being allegedly beaten up by his teacher. The incident happened at a primary education centre at Nirdeshkhali in Basanti,South 24 Parganas,in West Bengal.
On May 14,Class III student Biplab Joardar alias Bapi was playing with his friends inside the classroom of the education centre. His mother Sunita Joardar said that the assistant teacher of the class,Champa Mondal,first slapped him and then hit him with a book. She did not stop there and banged Biplabs head against the wall several times,causing severe injuries, she said.
She said Biplab did not tell her anything about the incident after he returned home. It was only when he had a severe headache that my younger son,Nabakishore,who is a Class 1 student in the same school,told me about the incident, she said.
The next day,Sunita went to see the assistant teacher. The teacher ,she alleged,rudely told her that her son was misbehaving in the class which is why she had hit him.
As Biplabs condition deteriorated on May 16,he was taken to a government hospital in Canning around midnight. From there he was referred to Chittaranjan Hospital in Kolkata.
A CT Scan was done there and Biplabs family members were told that he had suffered brain injuries.
Knowing that SSKM was better equipped to handle these cases,Biplab was shifted there around 3 am and at 5.10 am on Friday he passed away.
Residents of the area demonstrated outside the school and after a complaint was filed at Basanti PS against the assistant teacher,she was arrested.
Biplabs father,a daily wage earner,was not at home when the incident occurred. He rushed back after he heard the news. I dont want any money,any compensation,I want justice. The teacher should be punished, he told The Indian Express over the phone.
Education Minister Bratya Basu condemned the incident. It is a shameful incident and strong action would be taken against the offending teacher, he said.