Bantwal, July 1, 2018: Headmistress of Government Higher Primary School in Ajjinadka in Bantwal has been booked after she allegedly beat up class four children for not doing homework on June 29, Friday.
According to sources, the accused teacher identified as Sharada had mercilessly beaten up all children in the class for not completing their homework. However, only one student came forward to lodge a complaint, based on which a case has been registered at Ullal police station, police said.
Childline volunteers told media that the incident took around 2.30pm on June 29, Friday when Sharada was teaching children of fourth standard. She found that children, who mostly belong to poor families, did not complete their homework. Irked over not completing the homework, she started beating them with cane.
The victim, who was beaten up, was mentally traumatized that the kid was not entering the house after returning from the school. Officials said that the kid stood outside the house near a well till father came and enquired the reason. The child showed father bruises all over the body. Following this, he took the child to a nearby private hospital and in the meantime some neighbours present at spot informed the Childline. Members of the Childline visited the spot and asked parents to file a complaint at jurisdictional police station.
Sources added that after one complaint was filed, parents of four more students came forward to report the cruel act of the teacher and complaints have been filed under corporal punishment. Cases have been booked for mentally harassing children under Sections of RTE Act 2009 and The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.
In Dakshina Kannada, which is an education hub Karnataka had recorded about 62 such cases against school children in 2017, most of them include mental harassment.