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Teacher Arrested For Beating Student: Legal Provisions Against Corporal Punishment

Teacher accused of thrashing nursery kid for the delay in payment of school fees in Telengana. Three people including the teacher, principal and the director of the school are arrested. The report says the parents of the students been late to pay the school fees which led to a brutal thrashing of the four years old. Let us have a look what punishment law prescribes for such corporal punishment in schools.

A nursery student of Krishnaveni High School in Ranga Reddy District of Telengana was brutally thrashed by a teacher over the delay in payment of school fees. A case has been registered against the teacher, principal and the director of the school, and they have been arrested.

The incident is not new in the state. Reportedly a school teacher at Gowtham Model School in the Charminar area assaulted a number of students over alleged non-payment of fees. It became viral online when a student shot the video and posted it online.

Corporal punishment is anyway illegal and according to principles of doli incapaxi (unable to understand how grave the committed offence is), children under age of seven cannot be punished. The Indian laws make provision for certain punishments for corporal punishments, they are as follows:

  • It is a crime under Sec. 88 of the Indian Penal Code, if the teacher causes grievous hurt, and it is not for the benefit of the student in good faith, then it is a punishable crime. Then such person shall be punished with imprisonment for three months with or without fine.
  • Sec. 23 of the Juvenile Justice Act 2000 says that if the child is assaulted, or causes or procures him to be assaulted in a manner likely to cause such child mental or physical harassment, then it shall be punishable with imprisonment to six months or fine or with both.

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Reviewed by:
Rashmita Das
Published on 10-Apr-18