NHRC takes up suo motu case on corporal punishment



New Delhi: The NHRC has taken suo motu cognizance of an alleged case of corporal punishment given to a minor student in a government school here and issued a notice to the Directorate of Education, asking it to submit a report within four weeks.

Twelve-year-old Lucky Bhola, a student of Government Senior Bal Vidyalaya in Jahngirpuri, allegedly sustained a fracture in his left hand after he was beaten up by a teacher in the school recently.

The rights body took cognizance of the incident on the basis of the media reports.

The media reports, carried on the November 27, alleged that Bhola was severely beaten up by his teacher Brahma Prakash, because the boy had gone out of the classroom to drink water without taking his permission, NHRC noted.

The family of Bhola only came to know about the incident after he returned home from the school and complained of unbearable pain in his injured hand, it said.

According to media reports, Bhola was diagnosed to have had sustained a fracture in his hand only after his family members took him to Babu Jagjeevan Ram Hospital for treatment, the rights body observed.

"Contents of the press report, if true, raise serious issue of the violation of human rights of Lucky Bhola," NHRC observed, seeking a report from the Directorate of Education on the incident within four weeks from the date of the receipt of its notice.

PTI