An investigation has been prompted after a teacher in Jammu & Kashmir allegedly beat a student for wearing tilak to school during Navratri.
Punishment for wearing Tilak
A family in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district has reported that their daughter was beaten up by a school teacher after she went to school wearing a tilak on her forehead.
The teacher is identified as Nisar Ahmed and he has now been placed under suspension under the order of the Deputy Commissioner of Rajouri district.
According to the reports, the order said that it had taken note of social media reports of the beating of two young girls in Middle School by a teacher.
Hurting a child amounts to a crime
Under Sections 323, 325, 352, and 506 of the Indian Penal Code, hurting a child amounts to a crime and can make a person liable for punishment. Additionally, Section 23 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000, states, “whoever holding charge of child assaults a child, he/she is punishable with imprisonment, which may extend to six months or a fine or both.”
The police have been asked to investigate the incident, decide whether the allegations are true, as well as the reason why the child was beaten, etc.
“We have taken note of this incident. We received a complaint that a minor girl was thrashed and some objectionable words were used by a teacher against her. We have registered a case against the accused teacher. We have started an investigation in the matter,” said Mohd Aslam Chowdhary, Senior Superintendent of Police.
Nisar Ahmed is currently been placed under suspension till further orders.