Kolkata school teachers have been in news for all the wrong reasons lately. On February 9, 2018, a dance teacher of the Carmel Primary School in Kolkata was arrested for allegedly sexually harassing a Class 2 student for months.
Prior to that, Kolkata police had arrested two teachers of GD Birla Education Centre for reportedly assaulting a 4-year-old nursery student.
And now, in yet another case which shows the increasingly predatory nature of teachers, the state police arrested two teachers of a free primary school in Joka on Saturday, March 17 for allegedly assaulting a 9-year-old physically challenged girl last week.
Here’s what happened
According to a report by The Times of India, the 9-year-old-girl has severe physical limitations because of which she cannot move freely and requires help with her daily work. On Friday, March 9, she fell sick and wanted to drink water when one of the accused teachers stuffed the water bottle into her mouth leaving her completely drenched and traumatised.
The incident came to light when her mother went to school to feed her during the lunch where she found her sobbing. When she approached the accused teachers about what went wrong, both the teachers insisted that she must take her child to a different school owing to the disturbance she caused in the class.
She then approached the headmaster who assured her of taking up the issue with the teachers. In the meantime, she also shared her ordeal with the parents of other students who said that they would stage a protest outside the school till justice was done.
On Monday, March 12, the parents of other students started protesting outside the school demanding expulsion of the two accused teachers.
Meanwhile, Bengal Primary Education Board (BPEB) secretary Ghanashree Bag, Borough 10 chairman Indrajit Bhattacharya and the school authorities to resolve the issues. However, the meeting was inconclusive.
The two teachers were arrested on Saturday, March 17, following the intensified agitation by the parents.