Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Mar 18:
Odisha Human Rights Commision (OHRC) has suo moto registered a case in connection with two students’ of class two being tied up to iron grills and beaten up in a private school by a teacher in Puri district of Odisha.
Taking cognizance of the case, OHRC has sent notices to three Odisha officers, Mass Education Secretary, Mass Education Director and Puri District Magistrate. The commission has sought a report within three weeks.
Going against the Supreme Court’s directive against corporal punishment in schools, two students of class two studying in Ramkrishna Vidya Niketan in Puri district were tied up to an iron grill by a lady teacher and beaten up.
The school authorities have said that the students were attempting to light a haystack with a matchbox when they were caught by the teacher who punished them, according to sources.
While, Odisha School and Mass Education Minister Devi Prasad Mishra has asked for an inquiry report to the District Education Officer (DEO) .
“ I have talked about the incident from Puri DEO, she has sent the block education officer to the spot. The Ramkrishna Vidya Niketan is a private institution, we will make an inquiry and get a report. We need to find out the real reason about the incident. The block education officer has been instructed to send the report to the DEO as well as to ministry, said Devi Prasad Mishra.
Meanwhile, the Puri District Education Officer (DEO) has said that corporal punishment is not allowed in Odisha and strict action will be taken against the school if the allegation are proved true.
“Allegations of two students being tied up with plastic strings to iron grills and being beaten up has come to the light. Puri Sadar block education officer has been asked in a letter to inquire into the matter. The block officer will go to the school and will inquire into the incident. Based on the inquiry report, we will take action against the school authorities”, said Salila Sethi, Puri District Education Officer (DEO)