Ludhiana: When a 10-year-old student of Ludhiana's Ryan International School came home with injury marks on his back, his parents were shocked to know that the boy was beaten up with a stick allegedly by his teachers.
Jaswinder Singh, the boy's father, claims that his son was thrashed allegedly by two of his teachers - Raman and Harpreet -- a day after he got into a fight with another student.
"Raman ma'am had told me to meet her after recess, when I went inside the PTA room, she started hitting me with a rod," the class 4 student alleged. The police have registered a case and are analysing the CCTV camera footage provided by the school.
The principal of the school has, however, dismissed the allegations and said that the "child wasn't even touched by the teachers". "I can assure you nothing of this sort happened. The student was suspended for a month on disciplinary grounds after he got into a brawl with another child," principal Gurpal Kaur Anand told news agency ANI.
"He had a fight with another child who chipped a tooth on Wednesday. When the parents were called, my wife went to meet them. However, he was beaten up with a stick the next day," Mr Singh said.
As he was out of town, Mr Singh said, the boy narrated the incident on phone and sent him the photographs of the red marks on his back We immediately got his medical tests done, he said.
"I took up the matter with the principal who refused to believe me," he added.
Mr Singh has also alleged that the thrashing was a result of his complaint to the management about "high tension wires around school", according to ANI.
The latest incident comes just weeks after another student of Ryan International School's Gurgaon branch was murdered in one of its toilets. Seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur was found with his throat slit minutes after his father had dropped him off to school.