Lalmonirhat: The headmaster and a teacher of the Goddimari High School at Hatibandha in Lalmonirhat were sued on Thursday on charges of beating a student unconscious for being late for class.
Alamgir Hossain, 14, the student, was injured after he had been allegedly tortured by the class teacher, Ehsan Ali, on Tuesday morning.
The critical injured student was admitted to Hatibandha health complex where he is being treated.
The student said he had been late by 10 to 15 minutes for the class for which the teacher beat him with a bamboo stick and duster in the classroom and some minutes later, the teacher took him to the school ground and again beat him there.
‘I did not beg mercy and I became senseless when my class teacher beat,’ Alamgir said.
Alamgir’s father Hazrat Ali with other members of the family rushed in and sent Alamgir to hospital unconscious.
‘My son did not make any grave fault so as to be beaten in this manner. He was punished only being late. But it was not only my son who was late. Many others were also late and they were not punished,’ he said.
‘The police will take steps regarding the matter as I have already lodged a case against the headmaster and the class teacher,’ he said.
The class teacher, Ehsan Ali, said that Alamgir was habitually later for the class and he was warned several times earlier. ‘I warned Alamgir as the headmaster asked me to do. Students are usually beaten but he became senseless only to teach his teacher a good lesson,’ he said.
The headmaster, Ataur Rahman, said that the filing of a case against the teachers is regrettable as teachers would discipline their students.
‘Teachers must discipline students, if required. It is not fault of the teacher if he disciplines any imbecile student,’ he said.
The resident medical officer at Hatibandha health complex, Ramzan Ali, said Alamgir was critically injured in the legs, hands and the back.
The High Court on July 18, 2010 asked the education ministry to install all primary and secondary educational institutions by issuing a circular to stop such incident of corporal punishment of any child.
The court also asked the ministry and all education boards to report to the court in two months on the measures taken to investigate, prosecute and punish the perpetrators of such incidents of corporal punishment.
The court passed the interim orders after hearing a public interest litigation writ petition filed by rights organisations Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust and Ain o Salish Kendra.
Courtesy of New Age