School issued showcause notice for corporal punishment to girl

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New Delhi, Feb 20 (UNI) Taking strong notice of the incident of a school girl in Delhi going into coma after being subjected to corporal punishment by a teacher, the Delhi Education Department has issued a showcause notice to the school asking it "why it should not be de-recognised".

Reacting to the incident of a 15 year old girl going into a coma after being allegedly hit on the head with a stick by her teacher, Delhi Education Minister Arvinder Singh today directed the Education department to conduct a proper enquiry through a committee headed by a Deputy Director.

Rinky Kaushik, a resident of Mayur Vihar Phase III, has been lying in the ICU of Maharaja Agrasen Hospital at Punjabi Bagh since January 7.

Rinky's parents claim that Dhirender Kumar Dinkar, a teacher at the Dinkar National Model School at East Delhi, repeatedly hit their daughter with a stick on november 10 when she refused to attend his tuition classes.

Rinky was to appear in the class X board examinations this year.

Mr Singh, who visited the Maharaja Agrasen Hospital here today to enquire about the health of the girl who is now out of danger, said there is no place for corporal punishment in education and such type of incidents will not be tolerated by the government.

''Such incidents cast a question mark on the noble profession of teaching,''Mr Singh said adding that it is the duty of all citizens of Delhi, including teachers, parents and the general public, to oppose corporal punishment in toto.

He asked the parents to come forward to report such types of untoward incident to the education department so that a proper action can be taken against them and such nefarious activities are stopped at the first instance only.

The Minister spoke to the girl and consoled her.

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