Teacher fined Rs 25,000 for hitting student
Thursday November 15 2007 11:12 IST
Express News Service
MADURAI: Madurai Bench of Madras High Court directed a teacher to pay a fine of Rs 25,000 for hitting a student in his eye for not completing homework.
Suresh is the son of Sekar, living in Palkunichi village, near Valanadu in Tiruchy district, and a class VI student of St James High School in the same village.
His teacher Sebastian had hit him with a ruler/scale, when he had failed to do the homework given to him. Suresh's eye was injured. He was given treatment at an eye hospital in Tiruchy.
His father filed a complaint against the teacher's act at Valanadu Police Station, following which the police arrested him and produced him before the Manapparai court. The court sentenced him to two months imprisonment and a fine of Rs 750.
Sebastian contested the ruling in the Tiruchy Fast Track Court, which said that the incident was accidental and revoked the judgment passed by the lower court.
Contesting the judgment issued by the Fast Track Court, Sekar appealed to the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court.
When the case came up for hearing before Justice P Murugesan, he ruled that a teacher hitting the student was punishable.
But, considering all aspects of the case, a fine of Rs 25,000 can be paid by the teacher instead of the two months imprisonment and additionally, he also has to pay the fine of Rs 750 levied by the Lower court, said Justice Murugesan.
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