Mumbai, 2nd April 2023: In a recent case that has sparked outrage among parents and child welfare activists, a pre-primary school teacher has been denied relief from arrest by the High Court in Mumbai.
The teacher had been accused of physically assaulting a two-year-old boy and other children in the school by hitting, shouting, and pinching them. The court expressed its displeasure with such behavior, stating that it is cruel and has adverse effects on the mental and physical health of minors.
Justice Anuja Prabhudesai, who presided over the case, noted that the parents of the two-year-old boy had lodged a complaint with the police against the petitioner after noticing a change in their child’s behavior.
Upon reviewing CCTV footage, it was discovered that two teachers had been hitting and pinching the children, throwing them on the ground, and even hitting books on some of their heads. This cruel treatment led to a significant change in the behavior of the children, prompting the police to register a case against both teachers.
Despite the petitioner teacher’s claim that no evidence of child abuse had been found and that there was no need for custodial inquiry, the court dismissed her plea for relief from arrest. The court held that the allegations against the accused were serious and demanded that no relief be given to the petitioner. The court further stated that cruelty to minors, whether physical or emotional, must not be tolerated, as it has a detrimental effect on their mental and physical health.
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