Delhi girl stripped in class, attempts suicide
The news about harassment of teen students by their teachers keeps reaching our ears every now and then, more so by the teachers of non-academic streams like physical education. In a latest news from Delhi, it has been reported that a class eight girl student of Rajkiya Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalayal at Samaipur Badli attempted suicide by jumping off from the fifth floor of her residential building on Wednesday (November 21) over alleged harassment by her physical education teacher.
THE VICTIM, 13, allegedly was forced to strip as punishment and paraded in the class for hours by her physical education teacher. Consequently, the victim got into a state of mental depression and took the extreme step. She was rushed to nearby Chadha Nursing Home by the residents and was later shifted to Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital due to acute and critical injuries.
Despite lodging a complaint against the concerned teacher at Samaipur Badli police station, the police did not taken any action. Consequently, angry family members and locals staged a protest outside the school on Thursday and now a police inquiry has been initiated against the teacher.
The researches have proved that corporal punishment increases rate of depression and suicide. In all teacher training courses, teachers are taught about the ill-effects of unlawful activity of corporal punishment. It seems that teachers need to learn their lessons well to become role models for their students and teach professionally.
It seems that harassment, paddling or spanking of children is still seen by many teachers as means of maintaining discipline and and imparting education. The unlawful act of corporal punishment is teacher-indiscipline that is punishable lawfully! How would a teacher feel, if he or she is paraded naked and jeered at?
When will our schools stop ‘disciplining’ students through ‘reward and punishment’ which are the two sides of the same coin, I wonder?