Pune : The memories of the 7 year old Pradyuman from Ryan International school, Gurgaon are still fresh in our minds. The murder of the boy last week highlighted the lack of safety of children in schools.
However, another brutal case in Pune has emerged where a three year old boy was mercilessly beaten up by lady tuition teacher. He was beaten so pitilessly that even after three days of the incident, the swelling on his face has not subsided.
The incident took place in Pimple Saudagar area on September 11. Surprisingly, the police has only lodged the case against the teacher on Wednesday night.
The police has arrested the teacher who has been identified as Bhagyashri Pillay, after the complaint registered by the parents of the boy. The police have charged Pillay with voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means under section 324 of Indian Penal Code and section 75 of Juvenile Justice Act 2015.
The family of the boy and Pillay are said to reside in the same vicinity of Pimple Saudagar area. The parents of the boy are labourers and they had started sending their son to Pillay’s house just recently, thinking that he would learn from her.
Senior inspector Ajay Chandkhede, in charge of Sangvi police station informed the media,
“On Monday the boy had gone to Pillay’s house. When his parents returned home, they saw that the face of the boy had swollen badly. When they asked the boy, he told them that the teacher hit him with wooden scale on his hand, back and head.”
The parents rushed to the police station, looking at the condition of the boy and immediately lodged a complaint against the teacher. However, according to boy’s parents, police did not register any complaint immediately, instead they were asked to go to the Sassoon hospital.
As informed by the police officials, the parents were in two minds whether to give complaint or not as the tuition teacher had agreed to pay for the treatment of the boy.
“The parents decided to lodge the complaint on Wednesday and as soon as they approached us, we registered the offence against the teacher. We have also sent the boy for medical examination,” Chandkhede added.
Following the complaint, Pillay has been arrested and been produced before the court where she has been remanded police custody for one day.
Union minister Maneka Gandhi on Sunday had suggested that all non-teaching staff in schools should be women in order to prevent child sexual abuse. Her statement was in the backdrop of incidents of alleged sexual assaults on two minor students on the their school premises and murder of one of them.
Gandhi informed the media, “We have asked the HRD ministry, and it is in the Women’s Policy (draft) too, that drivers, conductors and non-teaching staff in a school should be women.”