A video of a government school teacher thrashing and kicking a boy in front of his classmates has gone viral on social media. The teacher was arrested today in Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu and charged under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
The 28-second long video shows disturbing scenes of 56-year-old teacher Mr Subramaniam holding a young boy by his hair and assaulting him. He is also seen kneeling on the floor and kicking the boy. Students are seen begging and crying.
A 17-year-old boy, a student of Chidambaram’s Government Nandanar Boys Higher Secondary School, was injured and admitted to a government hospital. He has lodged a complaint with the police and has produced video evidence.
Confirming the arrest, Cuddalore Superintendent of Police S Shakti Ganesan told NDTV, “We have arrested the physics teacher under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Investigation is on.” On what was the issue behind the teacher’s overdose, Mr. Ganesan said, “It was a routine classroom activity on academics and the teacher had gone overboard as the student had not attended his classes.”
The school had last month resumed in-person classes for students of classes 9 to 12 after being closed for over a year due to the pandemic.