Case Against 2 Teachers of Thane School for Hitting Students with Ruler, Making Them Stand on Benches as Punishment
Two women teachers from a private school in Maharashtra's Thane district are facing a case filed by the police for reportedly using physical punishment on students. The incident occurred on July 5, when approximately ten Class 5 students were not provided with fee declaration forms and a Parents Teachers Association (PTA) membership document signed by their parents. Allegedly, one of the accused teachers resorted to hitting the ten students on their hands with a steel ruler, resulting in injuries. The incident was brought to light by an auto-rickshaw driver, who is the father of one of the victims. According to the driver, his son informed him that the teacher had assaulted him and other children for failing to acquire the necessary forms signed by their parents.
Furthermore, the students were reportedly instructed to stand on benches throughout the class as an additional form of punishment. Another accused teacher reportedly subjected a 12-year-old student to the penalty of standing with raised hands for the entire duration of the lecture. The reason behind this punishment was not specified in the FIR.
In response to the complaints lodged by the parents, the police have registered a case against the two teachers under section 75 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, which pertains to the assault, abandonment, abuse, or willful neglect of a child by an individual having control over them. As of now, no arrests have been made, and an investigation into the matter is underway.