A video of him being beaten with a stick and abused for a fight with a maths number in a government school in Tamil Nadu’s Cuddalore district has gone viral.
The 6.38-minute video, which NDTV could not independently verify, shows a woman, apparently a teacher, hitting the boy on the elbows and head at least five times with a stick as he struggles with addition and subtraction.
He is also heard abusing the boy, calling him an “ox” and asking him to “get lost” as he struggles with his blackboard sum. There are two boys and a girl with him.
The teacher has been suspended.
The undated video appears to have been shot from a hallway outside the classroom, through a door and a window. In it, another small group of children is shown sitting in the same class accompanied by a woman, who is also believed to be the teacher.
When asked about it, the District Education Officer told NDTV, “We are analyzing the video. Mid-year exams are going on, so there are no regular classes. The block-level officer is in a hurry. We will be back soon.”
The police have warned. “We have not received any complaint yet. We have made a general diary entry based on the video. We have also asked the district education officer to investigate,” Superintendent of Police Sakthi Ganesan said.
Unconfirmed reports say the video was shot this morning at a government primary school near Chidambaram.
The state government banned corporal punishment in 2007.
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