Special Correspondent

Thanjavur: Evidence, a Madurai-based Non-Government Organisation, has demanded establishment of committees at the revenue division level to monitor whether corporal punishment is given in schools.

Along with other organisations like Campaign for Child Rights, Tamil Nadu, Manitham, Manamadurai, and Vanmukhil, Tirunelveli, it enquired into the death of Vijay, who had studied in Government High School at Kottaikadu in Orathanadu taluk in Thanjavur district.

Vijay was beaten by his class teacher Anandarama Balasubramanian and Physical Education Teacher Gnanasekaran over missing sum of Rs. 50 from the class on March 23, 2006. The next day, he died on his way to hospital after he complained of pain.

Kadir, Managing Director of Evidence, said that a committee of the above said NGOs visited Kottaikadu on March 29 and 30 and enquired Vijay's parents, classmates, teachers, officers, doctors and Collector.

There are 140 boys and 170 girls in the school in which Vijay was studying. Majority of them are from very poor family.

Eight teachers are available in the school and there is not even a single woman teacher. Though it is a high school, it had only facilities sufficient for a middle school.

The committee gathered from students and parents that the two teachers, who are accused in the death case of Vijay and against whom police have registered cases, were very rude to students and used to move roughly with them.

Evidence welcomed the registering of a case under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code against the two teachers at Vattathikottai police station.

The two teachers have surrendered at Seranmadevi court in Tirunelveli district and were remanded to custody.

Evidence wanted the police to investigate properly and punish the teachers.

It urged the Government to pay Rs. three lakh as compensation to the family of Vijay. It asked the National Human Rights Commission and the National Women Commission to conduct an enquiry and submit their recommendations to the State Government.

It also exhorted the Government to conduct a State-level enquiry into schools regarding corporal punishment before August 2006 with child right activists, educationists, women activists, student representatives, judges, doctors, advocates and journalists as members.

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