Mumbai, October 9: An 8-year-old boy in Maharashtra's Murbad village was brutalised by his school teacher and locked up inside the washroom as a form of punishment. The incident left the victim in a state of trauma, forcing his parents to register a police complaint.
The incident was reported on Saturday, when the child returned home early and did not speak to anyone. On being questioned by his mother, he narrated the ordeal. Bhopal: 3-year-old Girl Allegedly Raped in School Van Bus, Accused Conductor Claims to be Minor.
The boy's father, who works with a private firm, approached the school principal on the same day. His complaint, however, remained unheeded with the principal, as well as the accused teacher, allegedly refusing to listen to him.
The father subsequently approached the Murbad police, which took cognizance of the case. Following a preliminary inquiry, the teacher, Suchita Patil, was booked under section 17 (2) (prohibition of physical punishment and mental harassment to a child) of the Right To Education Act, along with provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act.
Although the charges invoked against Patil warrants her arrest, the Murbad police has failed to take her into custody as she went missing following the registration of the FIR.
The school management, while refraining from commenting on the case, issued a statement claiming that all teachers had been directed not to subject their students to harsh forms of punishment.