Hyderabad, Sept. 14: A Hyderabad schoolboy died after being allegedly forced to do 300 sit-ups for chatting with classmates, with the teacher unrelenting even after the 14-year-old pleaded that he had a rod implanted in his leg.
Ismail Hussain died yesterday at a city hospital, nine days after the Class X student came home from the ordeal at school and collapsed.
Hours after word about the death spread, a mob descended on the private school and damaged some of the furniture demanding action.
Mubin, the math teacher accused of having meted out the punishment, has been suspended, the authorities at Royal Embassy High School at Madannapet, located in Hyderabad’s old city, said.
Police said a case of rash and negligent act leading to death under the IPC has been started but the teacher is yet to be arrested.
“My son was made to do 300 sit-ups for being negligent in lessons and chatting while the class was on,” said realtor Mohammed Siddique Hussain, the boy’s father.
Mubin initially asked Ismail not to talk in class but the warning went unheeded, the police said, after which the teacher asked the teenager to do the sit-ups.
The family termed the punishment “inhuman” and alleged that the teacher did not show mercy despite being told by the boy about the condition of his limbs. The rod was inserted in his leg after a fracture sustained in an accident a few years ago while on a holiday in Dubai.
When he came back home and fainted after the incident on September 4, Ismail was rushed to a nursing home nearby and from there to two hospitals over the past week, said K.N. Surya Prakash, inspector in charge of Madannapet police station where the case has been registered.
“We took him to Harmain Hospital at Falaknuma. When his condition did not improve there, we shifted him to Deccan College of Medical Sciences near Charminar, and later to Princess Durru Shehvar Hospital where he died yesterday,” said Ismail’s mother Meherulnisa.
“It is clear my boy died because of the inhuman punishment. The police should take stern action against the teacher,” father Ismail said, breaking down as he spoke to reporters at the police station yesterday.
A large crowd, including students of the school and their parents, took part in Ismail’s funeral procession today, as did representatives of the school. The police, having struggled to contain the rampage at the school yesterday, beefed up security today to ensure the funeral was trouble-free.