New Delhi, Jul 9: Yet another case of a student driven to attempting suicide after being subjected to corporal punishment has emerged from Delhi, where a 11-year-old boy jumped off of the second floor of his school after his class teacher slapped him repeatedly for coming late to class.
The Class VI student jumped off the second floor of Mother Teresa Public School in Preet Vihar, located east of Delhi on Thursday, Jul 8. He, however, survived the fall but sustained multiple fractures in both legs.
"In his statement, the boy has said that Sudha slapped and reprimanded him. He has also alleged that he felt humiliated in front of the whole class. He walked out and jumped off the second floor, falling almost 20 feet to the ground," K C Dwivedi, Additional Commissioner of Police (east) is quoted as saying in a Times of India report.
The newspaper report stated that the boy was late to class because he attended an extra class before the school hours to prepare for an upcoming music competition.
The class teacher, who allegedly slapped and humiliated the boy, has been identified as B Sudha.
This comes in the wake of the debate on corporal punishment in schools sparked off by the suicide of Rouvanjit Rawla, a class 8 student of Kolkata's La Martiniere School, who was driven to taking the extreme step after being beaten up by his teacher.