A government school teacher was thrashed by villagers on the charges of making derogatory remarks against a girl student studying in ninth class in ZPHS Tadikal village of Shankarpatnam mandal in Karimnagar district on Thursday.

According to police sources, the school assistant (English) M. Damodar Reddy had conducted a class for the ninth class students on Tuesday afternoon. During the period, a 14-year-old student arrived late and sought permission to enter the classroom. While doing so, the girl’s shirt got entangled. The teacher reportedly made some ‘derogatory remarks’ then and the entire class had allegedly laughed at her.

Feeling humiliated over the incident, the girl told the episode to her father. Her parents and other relatives and villagers arrived on Thursday and staged a dharna in front of the school. However, the teacher was on leave. When the dharna was intensified, the police rushed to the spot and called the Deputy DEO and other officials.

When the officials tried to pacify the agitators, they demanded that the teacher be presented . Following phone calls by the head mistress Shamim Bhanu, the teacher Damodar Reddy arrived at the school. Seeing him, the enraged relatives and other villagers pounced on him and hit him with chappals and thrashed him brutally tearing his shirt.

However, the police rescued him by resorting to mild lathi-charge to disperse the mob and took him inside a room. When the protesters were demanding stern action against the errant teacher, the deputy DEO T. Venkateshwarlu said that they would conduct an inquiry and take action accordingly. The Deputy DEO spoke to the students and teachers and collected the information to report to higher officials. The police said that no case was registered against any person as no one lodged any complaint.