A disturbing incident unfolded at a government higher secondary school in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district, leading to a case being registered. A teacher physically assaulted a student who had written “Jai Shri Ram” on the blackboard in the classroom, resulting in the student needing hospitalization due to the injuries sustained.
Subsequently, the police took action by filing a First Information Report (FIR) against both the implicated teacher and the school’s principal. The charges pressed against them include Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 342 (wrongful confinement), 504 (intentional insult), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code, and Section 75 (cruelty to a child) of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act.
This incident comes to light shortly after a distressing video surfaced from a school in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, where a teacher was captured instructing students to physically assault a fellow Muslim student. The teacher’s remarks in the video, “I have declared jitne bhi Mohammedan bachhe hai…,” accompanied her directive for students to take turns hitting the Muslim student.
Responding to the incident in Kathua, the Deputy Commissioner issued a notification announcing the formation of a three-member committee to conduct a thorough investigation. The committee comprises the Sub Divisional Magistrate of Bani, the Deputy Chief Education Officer of Kathua, and the principal of the government higher secondary school in Kharote.