Bandipora: An eight-year-old student was allegedly beaten and injured by a teacher at a government school in Bandipora district after which the student was hospitalised.
Mohmin Nabi Wani was brought to the District Hospital Bandipora in an injured condition with blood oozing out from his ears.
He told Kashmir Reader that the head teacher “who teaches us English punished me by pulling me up by ears for almost fifteen minutes, for whistling in the classroom, and later thrashed me on the floor,” Moomin said. Moomin studies in third standard at Government Middle School Qazipora.
“I heard the news from my wife that our son was severely beaten, I left from work and went to the school admin asking them why they did this inhumane act, to which they reacted angrily and told me to approach ‘whosoever you wish to’ and shouted on me for entering into the school premises” Moomin’s father Ghulam Nabi Wani said.
He added that his four other children were studying in the same school, but never before has he received any complaint from the school authorities against them.
He said that they went to the Chief Education Officer Bandipora for initiating action against the teacher for “such an inhumane behaviour”.
The medical report of the student stated, “affected with a history of trauma, with abrasions wounds on the posterior aspect of ears; due to the beating received from the teacher, as said by the attendant”.
Chief Education Officer Munshi Javid told Kashmir Reader that he has directed ZEO Bandipora to take immediate action against the female teacher in this case.
Gowhar Mahmood Protection officer(NIC) District child protection unit Bandipora said that the father of the child has approached education officer in the Child’s case, we too are waiting for their report and will act after proper investigation of the case and according to the Juvenile justice act if no action is taken by the education department.
We are aware about the incident, even though the father hasn’t provided us with the written complaint, given assurance from the education department that action will be taken, we too are keeping a close eye on the development, the officer said.
Meanwhile, Chief protection specialist Hilal Bhat said there is a way to discipline children and that is positive discipline tactic.
He said a teacher should adopt persuasive measures instead of corporal punishment to deal with children showing challenging behaviour.
“The government should impart behavioural training skills to teachers so that they can adopt positive discipline tactics in dealing with children,” Bhat told Kashmir Reader.