Sambhal- In Uttar Pradesh, a disturbing incident unfolded at a private school in Asmoli village, Sambhal district, where a teacher allegedly physically assaulted a Dalit student, using caste-related derogatory term. The victim, an 11-year-old boy in the 5th grade, bore visible marks of the beating on his face, prompting outrage in the community.
The incident sparked widespread outcry, with Bhim Army activists and concerned locals descending upon the school, demanding justice for the victim. The escalating situation prompted intervention from local law enforcement.
A panchayat was convened at the school to address the matter. During the proceedings, the accused teacher tendered a written and verbal apology to the victim's family. Instead of pursuing legal recourse, the issue was resolved on the spot.
The incident took place in Padarathpur village, Asmoli police station area, where Deepanshu, son of Surendra, is enrolled as a student. Allegedly, suspicion arose against Deepanshu after saplings planted by the teacher on school premises were found uprooted. Subsequently, the teacher subjected Deepanshu to physical abuse and caste-based verbal harassment.
The presence of Bhim Army activists, along with concerned students and their families, amplified the urgency of the situation, prompting police intervention. District coordinator Adarsh Kumar Azad posted details of the incident on social media, prompting scrutiny from both the police and local administration.
Following prolonged deliberations, the teacher appeared before the panchayat and extended apologies to the victim's family. The viral video of the teacher's apology further fuelled public outcry.
Asmoli police station in-charge Harish Kumar confirmed that the matter was resolved amicably during the panchayat. However, he assured that further action would be initiated upon formal complaint receipt. Adarsh Kumar Azad, Bhim Army's district convenor, reiterated the severity of the incident, emphasizing the use of caste-related language during the assault and the subsequent apology offered during the panchayat.