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Muzaffarnagar school case: Police say no communal angle in the incident, NCPCR seeks action

NCPCR Chief Priyank Kanoongo requested the public to delete the video and not reveal the identity of the student.

On Friday (August 25), a video of a student being slapped by his classmates, on the instructions of the teacher, went viral on social media. The incident took place at the Neha Public School in Khubbapur village in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh.

As per reports, the incident took place on Thursday (August 24) when a student got his multiplication table wrong. The class teacher, who is a handicapped woman, instructed other kids in the class to slap him. She was identified as Tripta Tyagi, the owner of the Neha Public School.

In a video that went viral on social media, the said student could be seen in tears while other kids slap him one by one. Tyagi was also heard saying, “Kya tum maar rahe ho? Zor se maaro na (Why are you hitting him lightly? Hit him hard).” She had also made a reference to ‘Mohammedan students.’

The area falls under the jurisdiction of Mansurpur police station. While speaking about the incident, SP (Muzaffarnagar) Satyanarayan Prajapat, informed, “In the video, the teacher said that the Mohammedan children, who are not looked after by their mothers, go astray. This was also confirmed by the man who shot the video.”

After ruling out the communal angle in the case, the police official added that appropriate departmental action will be taken against the accused teacher. Khatauli Circle Officer, Dr Ravi Shankar, said, “We are trying to convince the child’s father to file a complaint; after that we would be able to file an FIR. Further legal action is being taken.”

The child’s father told The Indian Express that he would not send his child to the school on receipt of the refund of the fees. “A settlement has been reached that no complaint would be filed,” he was heard saying.

Priyank Kanoongo, the Chief of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), said, “In Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar, the incident of a teacher getting a child beaten up by other children in the class has been reported.”

“Taking cognisance, instructions are being issued for action. Everyone is requested not to share the video of the child. Give information about such incidents by email. Do not become a part of the crime by revealing the identity of the children,” he emphasised.

It has come to light that the Neha Public School received affiliation in 2019 and conducts classes for students from Std 1-5.

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