Teacher thrashes 9-year-old Mumbai girl for missing school

Parents of the girl said the child came home with a swollen arm and finger marks on her face on Wednesday; the new class teacher allegedly beat her up and made her sit on the ground, for being absent from school

Parents of a nine-year-old schoolgirl have alleged that the child’s class teacher thrashed her because she keeps missing school often. They have complained to the Antop Hill police in the matter and police have summoned the teacher to question her.

The girl’s parents said her previous class teacher knew of her tendency to fall ill, but that the new teacher, without talking to them, thrashed the child for missing school
The girl’s parents said her previous class teacher knew of her tendency to fall ill, but that the new teacher, without talking to them, thrashed the child for missing school

The incident occurred on Wednesday when the girl, who studies in a school in GTB Nagar, returned home and complained of severe pain in her right arm. She told her parents that her class teacher had beaten her up for missing school on many occasions, and had also humiliated her.

“My daughter keeps falling ill and whenever she takes a long leave of absence, we always attach the doctor’s certificate along with a note of absence. Her previous class teacher knew about her health, but this new class teacher was not aware and without inquiring with us, she thrashed my daughter,” alleged her father.

The parents alleged that the woman twisted the child’s arm and slapped the daughter and, then, made her sit on the floor for the first three classes. “My daughter came home with a swollen arm and also showed us finger marks on her face. The teacher beat her up because she remains absent, and after humiliating her in front of the class, she also asked my daughter to leave the school and stay at home,” added the father.

Parents took the student to Sion Hospital on Thursday, where the doctors advised them to file a police complaint. On Thursday, the parents contacted a local NGO, who helped them file a complaint with the Antop Hill police. The police recorded statements of the student as well as her mother, and have also summoned the teacher who has been accused of thrashing the child, along with the school management. A non-cognisable complaint has been registered in the incident.

The other side
When mid-day contacted the school principal, she said, “The parents came to us very late in the day and the minute we received this complaint, the management was informed. This teacher has been with us for ten years and we have never before received any such complaint against her.

The management is inquiring into this matter; we’ll take some time to understand it clearly.” She added that if proved guilty, the authorities would take action against the teacher.

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