`Drunk` headmaster canes students, injures eight

Last Updated: Saturday, June 12, 2010 - 18:07

Lakhimpur (Assam): Eight class VII
students of an English medium school here were injured when
they were allegedly caned by their principal, who was in an
inebriated condition.

Sandeswar Miri Barua of Gurudeb Madhaymik English
School at Narayanpur Bordeuri village came to school drunk,
District Elementary Education Officer Loknath Sarma said.

He caned eight of the boys injuring them, including
three seriously, Sarma said, adding Barua had been suspended
in the past for going to school drunk.

All the students were admitted to the local public
health centre.

Their parents filed an FIR in the Narayanpur police
station against Barua, police said.

"No leniency will be shown towards the headmaster and
he will be discharged from service. There is a Supreme Court
order against corporal punishment in schools," Sarma said.

The recently-enacted Right To Education Act says there
should not be any type of corporal punishment in schools and
any case of violation will be tried by the National Commission
for Protection of Child Rights.

The incident comes a week after a class seven student
of a private school at Mirza in Kamrup (Rural) district died
after he was allegedly beaten up by the principal and computer
teacher for not doing his homework.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had ordered a magisterial
investigation into the 12-year-old Mausam Raj Mahanta`s death.
The principal and the computer teacher are absconding.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, June 12, 2010 - 18:07

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