While it's not clear why the students were being punished, the man who is seen whacking them with a stick in the video is reportedly the warden of the hostel.
The police say they are unable to take any action as no formal complaint has been filed yet. Sources told NDTV that Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao's office has been alerted, but he hasn't reacted to the video so far.
The State Human Rights Commission has issued notice to Sanga Reddy, district education officer, to reply by February 26 on the video. The notice came after Balala Hakkula Sangam, a child rights organisation, complained to the panel.
"A criminal case should be booked against the teacher. Cases under the Indian Penal Code and the Juvenile Justice Act should also be filed," the activist told NDTV.
The Telangana Congress has condemned the police inaction. "Other children are also terrified. Incidents like these are happening elsewhere as well. By indulging in such actions, teachers are driving children away from school," Damoder, legal adviser to Telangana Congress, said. "It doesn't help to punish, beat children if we want them to be interested in education and come to school."
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