| Some of the schoolchildren allegedly beaten up by the teacher. Telegraph picture |
Kokrajhar, Sept. 29: The Kokrajhar district administration has assured “appropriate action” against the teacher who “allegedly assaulted” 46 girl students of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) at Ransaidram in Chirang district on Friday.
Of the 46 students, 15 had to be hospitalised while another was left with a broken tooth after the teacher allegedly assaulted them under the pretext of punishment for “not obeying her”.
The incident came to light last evening after some guardians were informed about it.
This is the second incident in the school. On July 29, 16 students of Classes VII and VIII were severely beaten up by students of Class XII in what was described as a “ragging incident”. The students were later rusticated.
Kokrajhar additional deputy commissioner Dinesh Boro said “appropriate action” would be taken against the teacher. The school authorities have already given a showcause notice to the teacher, seeking an explanation for her action.
The incident happened in the girls’ hostel on Friday evening when chemistry teacher Deboshree Dev reportedly beat up students of Classes VI, VII and VIII. The girls were taken to Basugaon primary health centre.
An FIR (121 under 323/326 IPC) has been lodged against the teacher by the parents of the assaulted students at Basugaon police station.
The parents and guardians have filed a written complaint with Kokrajhar deputy commissioner Nitin Khare, who is also the chairman of JNV, seeking necessary action against the teacher.
The deputy commissioner has asked the additional deputy commissioner to take stock of the situation.
According to the students, the teacher, after ordering some to take a bath and some to study, started beating them with sticks.
Dev justified the punishment saying it was done to maintain discipline and decorum. “The students were disobedient and to control them I punished them,” she said.
The teacher said parents these days bring the media or bash up teachers over trivial issues regarding their children. “Such action on the part of the parents is sad and hampers education,” she added.
The parents demanded action against the teacher under provisions of The Right to Education Act.
The principal, vice-principal and the in-charge of the school are on leave and were not available for comments.
On August 26, 19 Class IX students of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya at Monacharra under Hailakandi district had fled the school to escape ragging. They fled, hoping to meet the deputy commissioner to complain about the “ragging” scenario in the school. They were assured that the school authorities would listen to their plea.
The school authorities, however, suspended the Class XI and XII students who were involved in the alleged “ragging” along with the 19 students who fled the school.