Published by: Sukanya Nandy
Last updated: Sep 25, 2023 5:21 PM IST
The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Uttar Pradesh government to appoint a senior IPS officer to probe the case of a schoolboy who was allegedly beaten by his classmates on the orders of his teacher in Muzaffarnagar. The incident was called ‘serious’. A bench of Justices Abhay S Oka and Pankaj Mithal, while directing that the IPS officer should submit a report to the apex court, asked the state government to provide guidance to the victim and other students involved in the case by providing professional counselors have it carried out. .
It is said that there is prima facie failure on part of the Uttar Pradesh government in adhering to the provisions of the Right To Education Act, which is concerned with providing quality, free and compulsory education to children up to 14 years, without any discrimination based on the rights of the population. based on caste, creed or gender.
The bench asked the state government to provide a status report on the implementation of the RTE Act in schools across the state within four weeks, terming the incident ‘serious’.
It was a plea by Tushar Gandhi, the great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, requesting an early investigation into the case.
On September 6, the High Court had directed the Muzaffarnagar Superintendent of Police to file a status report in the case.
She had asked the SP to inform her about measures taken to protect the student and his parents.
The top court had also issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh government and sought a response by September 25.
Muzaffarnagar police had accused the teacher of making communal comments and ordering her students to beat a Muslim classmate for not doing his homework.
The school has also received a notice from the state education department in this regard.
The teacher was booked after a video showed her allegedly asking students to hit the Class 2 boy in Khubbapur village and also making a communal comment.
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