Student dies in India after corporal punishment by teacher

Published: Sat 25 Jul 2015, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Sun 26 Jul 2015, 11:37 AM

In what appears to be a case of death due to corporal punishment, a nine-year-old girl, K. Ashritha, a student of class 5 at a private school in Huzurubad in Karimnagar district of Telangana, died while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Warangal.
Ashritha's parents and some students' organisations alleged that she had died due to complications that arose after she was made to kneel down by her teacher a week ago for not completing her homework. Following her death, her parents and several others gathered at Vivek Vardhini English Medium School and staged a protest. The agitated crowd later went on rampage and ransacked the school, police said.
Police has booked a case both against the teacher and the management of the school under Section 304 (Part 2) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) following a complaint lodged by Ashritha's parents. According to the girl's parents, she succumbed to internal injuries caused by the punishment. "Ashritha's nerves were damaged and she had high fever after she was made to kneel for many hours," police said.

By P S Jayaram

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