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Black eye for bright student

The rule of the rod is becoming rampant in Jharkhand’s schools.

A Class VIII student of Surendranath Centenary School, Ranchi, was given a black eye and a swollen face by his physics teacher on Tuesday (December 11), the same day a sixth grader in Jamshedpur’s St Xavier’s School was caned four times for taking off his sweater in class.

The first incident, however, came to light after the local guardian and parents of 13-year-old Ayush Kumar approached the Ranchi Abhibhavak Manch on Thursday evening.

The parents’ outfit on Friday called on district superintendent of education Akhilesh Kumar Choudhary and formally lodged a complaint against accused teacher Pulak Roy. “We have demanded a probe into the incident. The officer has agreed to visit the school on Monday,” said Ajay Rai, general secretary of the Manch.

According to family and school sources, Ayush — whose parents stay in Patna — lives with his central government employee uncle near Booty More in the capital.

Always a bright student, he had apparently outwitted his teacher during a question session in class six months ago. On Tuesday, Roy allegedly settled old scores by thrashing Ayush in class. So grievous were his injuries that the child had to be taken to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences.

Ayush’s father and Patna businessman Rajiv Ranjan said they would lodge a police complaint soon. “We gave the school three days to apologise. But, when my younger brother Sanjiv — my son’s local guardian — went to meet the principal yesterday, he was denied audience. So, we will take legal recourse,” he said.

Principal of the CBSE school Samita Sinha admitted that Ayush was beaten up. “But, it wasn’t of serious nature and the child could have approached me first. We have written an apology, but are unable to contact his parents,” she claimed.

No action has been taken against the accused teacher.