14-year-old Bengaluru student hit on the genitals, faints

In a shocking case of corporal punishment, a 14-year-old boy was hit on the genitals by a member of the executive committee of the school for not taking down notes. The child fainted and fell ill. The incident was reported on Wednesday, following which a case of assault was registered against the member.

According to another member of the executive committee, Mohammed Aamir, the incident occurred at the Muslim Orphanage Higher Grade Boys and Girls School between 11 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. Around 340 children from economically weaker sections are enrolled in the school.

On Wednesday, the accused, Sheikh Shafiulla, went to the school for an inspection. While going through the notebooks of students of class seven, he began ‘punishing’ children whose notes were not in order. He reportedly hit two students before turning to the 14-year-old. When he tried to hit him, the teen tried to escape. Enraged, Shafiulla allegedly hit him with the cane on his genitals, following which the child fainted.

Though the class teacher tried to call an ambulance to shift the child to a hospital, she was allegedly prevented from doing so. The child was forced to bear the pain till around 2 p.m. when he was admitted to a private hospital in Shivajinagar. The child, sources said, was not able to pass urine for nearly five hours. Around 7 p.m., he was discharged by the hospital on the insistence of some members of the school committee.

Meanwhile, a social worker from the Special Juvenile Unit was sent to the hospital in the afternoon. The social worker learnt that the child’s father had abandoned the family. Efforts are being made to trace the child’s mother. “The mother is said to be reluctant to come forward to lodge a complaint. If she doesn’t, the Child Welfare Committee will take custody of the victim and ensure that he gets proper treatment,” sources said.

Satish Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (East), confirmed that a case under Section 324 of the IPC (assault) has been registered against Shafiulla. “An enquiry revealed that the victim was hit by Shafiulla. We are waiting for the child to recover and record his statement, depending on which other sections will be added to the case,” he said.

Kripa Amar Alva, chairperson of Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, said, “Corporal punishment is an offence even under the Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. The child's mother should also come forward to lodge a complaint against the accused committee member. The commission will help the mother, if needed.”

Sequence of events
11 am: Member of executive committee visits school for inspection
11.30 am: Reportedly hits 14-year-old with cane on genitals
11.30 am to 1.30 pm: Teacher prevented from taking child to hospital
2.00 pm: Child admitted to private hospital
7.00 pm: Child discharged from hospital

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