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Girl was beaten up: DDPI

Govind D. Belgaumkar and K.V. Subramanya

BANGALORE: The Department of Education on Friday said it was prima facie true that teachers of Vinoda English School had beaten up Sangeeta.

Deputy Director of Public Instruction (DDPI) for Bangalore North S.K. Channabasappa said that students of the school in Goruguntepalya confirmed that Sangeeta was beaten by teachers.

Sangeeta’s neighbours said they saw her alighting from the school van with multiple injuries. Mr. Channabasappa and the area Block Education Officer Kempaiah conducted the inquiry.

He said the secretary of the school Srinivas and headmistress Shashikala maintained that the girl was not assaulted by anyone, least of all by the teachers, within the premises of the school.

They claimed that the girl was perfectly all right when she boarded the school van on Thursday afternoon after school hours.

Enquiries by the two officials gave a totally different picture.

When the two officials went to the K.C. General Hospital where the girl has been admitted, they found injuries below her knees and as well as on her right arm.

Notice

Mr. Channabasappa said the department would immediately issue a notice to the school asking the school management to initiate action against the teachers named by the girl.

The officer said the department could not initiate action against the teachers directly as the school was not aided. The department would intervene only after establishing that the management had failed to take action.

Case booked

The RMC Yard police have registered a case against the principal and six teachers of the school.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Syed Ulfath Hussein told The Hindu on Friday that a case had been registered against the teachers following a complaint by Sangeeta’s father K.C. Kuttappa that they had beaten up his daugh ter for not doing homework.

The police have booked a case under the Indian Penal Code Sections 324 (voluntarily cause hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 354 (assault a woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 504 (insult with the intent to provoke breach of peace).

Mr. Hussein said action would be taken against the accused teachers after conducting an inquiry.

Police officers who went to the school on Friday could not question the teachers as a holiday had been declared on account of Varamahalakshmi festival.

The teachers would be questioned after the school reopens, he said.

Mr. Hussein dismissed rumours that the school authorities/teachers had lodged a counter-complaint against Sangeeta’s father with the RMC Yard police.

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