- The 9-year-old from Jalore succumbed to his injuries
New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suomotu cognizance of a media report of a grade 3 student beaten up by the school headmaster in Jalore in Rajasthan for drinking water from the pot meant for the latter.
The boy, belonging to a Scheduled Caste, sustained severe injuries and was shifted to Ahmedabad for treatment. However, he succumbed to the injuries.
The incident took place in Sarasvati Vidyalaya in Surana area of Jalore district on July 20.
The NHRC has issued notices to the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police, Rajasthan, asking for a detailed report in the matter including present status of the police investigation and action taken against the headmaster. The DGP, Rajasthan is expected to explain as to why the FIR in the matter was not registered by the police for 23 days in spite of efforts made by the family of the victim.
Apart from the status of payment of the Statutory Relief under provisions of the SC/ST Act, NHRC has also asked what steps have been taken or proposed to be taken to ensure that such inhuman and cruel acts are not done with the vulnerable sections of the society including SC and ST.
According to reports, the boy had taken water to drink from a pot kept for the headmaster. The latter noticed it and severely beat him, resulting in severe injuries, including near the ear. Reportedly, the headmaster also mounted undue pressure on the family for a compromise and offered Rs 1.5 lakh to them to hush up the matter.
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