While high-fees is still a concern in educational institutions and generally it is a huge burden for parents, in this case, it was a minor 4-year-old child who suffered through it on Monday. The fees-hiking issue has also been raised by Hyderabad School Parents Association (HSPA).
Mr. Pavan Reddy, member, Hyderabad School Parents Associations (HSPA), said, “Those who committed this crime are not at all fit to be called humans. I deplore the absolute indifferent attitude of the education department officials and the state government who failed miserably in protecting the basic rights of children and parents.”
In Hyderabad’s Krishnaveni Talent School, *Raju was made to stand in the class and he was thrashed by the principal by huge long sticks all over his body that not just physical scars were paining, but even emotional.
It was done because Raju’s parents could not pay the fees on time as they belonged to a poor background and his father is a plumber.
Outside the school, there was a huge crowd chanting slogans and waving flags against the school which led to police getting in and controlling the situation.
“It is 100% wrong on the school’s part to indulge in such an act and they are to be blamed completely. The matter of fees is something between the school’s management and the parents. Whether it’s a 4-year-old or a Class 10 student, the children are not related to this,” says Anuradha Rao from the BHS.
A complaint was registered at Meerpet police station by The Balala Hakkula Sangham (BHS), an NGO for child rights, along with the boy’s parents filed a complaint where they demanded that the teacher should be arrested and that the school should be shut because it couldn’t provide basic care and protection.
According to a source, Inspector Ranga Swamy from the Meerpet police station said this case has been registered under several sections including Sections 324 (Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and 506 (Criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) besides section 75 (Punishment for cruelty to child) of the Juvenile Justice Act.
“The Telangana government should take note of such incidents and ensure that children are able to study without the fear of such backlash, for no mistake of their own,” she added.
Though the school could not be contacted, the school’s Director, T Gopal Reddy, Principal, Padmaja Raj, and teacher, Swaroopa, have been sent to judicial remand.