A Class VI student of a prominent public school at Preet Vihar in East Delhi jumped down from the second floor of the school building after he was allegedly slapped by his class teacher on Thursday.
The 12-year-old boy sustained minor head injuries and fractures in both legs. He has been admitted to Metro Hospital.
In a statement to the police, the boy said he reached the school on time on Thursday morning and attended the “zero” class conducted by his music teacher. Later he went for his regular classes. Since he was late by a few minutes, the class teacher lost her temper and allegedly slapped him a couple of times. After the class got over, the upset boy went out and jumped from the second floor balcony.
The school's medical officer, along with another staffer, rushed him to a nearby hospital.
The boy's parents later alleged that the school administration initially informed them that he had fallen from the stairs. “They called me up around 10 a.m. and said my son had sustained injuries after he fell down the staircase,” said the father.
Angry relatives who rushed to the hospital accused the school administration of being irresponsible. “The child was first beaten up by a teacher and none of the senior school functionaries accompanied him to the hospital,” alleged one of them.
The boy's father, who works in the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, said: “This is the first time that my son has been slapped by a teacher. He has been with the same school since nursery but was never treated in this manner by anyone in the school.”
Based on the child's statement, the police have registered a case under Sections 323 and 341 of the Indian Penal Code against the accused teacher. “Investigations are under way to reconstruct the chain of events leading up to the incident. We will record the statements of the witnesses, including students and teachers, and take further action on the basis of the findings,” said a police officer.
Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights chairman Amod Kanth said the Commission would take cognisance and initiate action.