Baby Pooja, Class V EWS student who was beaten up by a teacher of Mayo International School, Patparganj for the frivolous reason of having come to school with two pony-tails and when her mother objected to the same, was suspended from school sine die, has today filed a petition in Delhi High Court through Advocate Ashok Agarwal, against the injustice meted out to her by the said school.
Despite persistent requests and persuasion, the school has refused to revoke the suspension.
On 21.11.2014, baby Pooja had been slapped by her teacher Ms. Dolly and humiliated in front of the entire class for the amusingly absurd reason that she had come to the school with two pony-tails. The next day Pooja’s mother Mamta had met the errant teacher and complained that the child ought not to have been beaten up and the teacher instead should have sent a note in the child’s diary. The teacher had got furious over this and retorted that the parent ought not to make trivial complaints as the school had been ‘obliging’ them as the student was studying under EWS category. At the end of the same day, student had been handed over a suspension-letter by the school, thereby suspending the child from the school till further orders over the alleged ground of her parents having “misbehaved with the school staff and used indecent language for her.”
The petition states, “The action of suspending the petitioner-student on the part of the school is absolutely illegal, grossly illogical and violative of the provisions of the RTE Act, 2009. It is also discriminatory against the EWS student and places the EWS child at a disadvantage vis-à-vis the general students. Inflicting corporal punishment upon child is itself illegal and violative of the provisions of the RTE Act, 2009.”
The petition is likely to come up for hearing on Monday 08.12.2014.
Ashok Agarwal, Advocate