In a country where school principals are setting high standards for themselves as role models to teachers and students, one principal from Andhra Pradesh set a bad example in the society by beating students mercilessly. A strong advice to students would have changed everything.
All those students hail from tribal communities and it is learnt that they are the first in their families to go to school. The students of the government-run Tribal Welfare Residential School in Dargamitta of Nellore town in Andhra Pradesh saw the dark side of Principal.
A couple of days ago, several pictures and videos went viral on social media platforms like Whatsapp and others. It showed Principal Venkata Ramana ruthlessly beating young students. In the process, the principal charged at the boy’s head in his hands and banged it against a pillar, in what was a frightening scene.
The principal then asks a student to come forward and then he pulls down his pants before a brutal thrashing. A fourth photograph shows Venkata Ramana grabbing a boy by his hair, while one photo shows him grabbing a boy by his collar.
According to the sources, the principal would follow ‘corporal punishment’ regularly, for some reason or the other. Andhra Pradesh Yanadi Samakya, which is an organisation that works for tribal rights on Tuesday complained to the Nellore District Collector and SP regarding the school Principal Venkata Ramana, who allegedly regularly attacked his students.
Speaking to TNM, Gandala Sreeramulu, the state president of Yanadi Samakya and a former bureaucrat added, “The inhuman assault on children has come to our notice. We have lodged a complaint with district authorities to look into the matter and take necessary action.”
He added, “The horrific visuals show how inhumanly he was punishing them instead of disciplining them. Cops are investigating the matter. Stern action should be taken against him.”
A case has since been filed against the school Principal Venkata Ramana under section 75 of Juvenile Justice Act 2015, SC&ST Prevention of Atrocities Act along with IPC 323 (causing voluntary hurt) and 324 (causing hurt with dangerous weapon or means), said Nellore’s Vedayapalem Inspector.
The case is currently being investigated by the DySP. Venkata Ramana is yet to be arrested. Speaking to TNM, the Vedayapalem inspector said, “It is alleged that he is beating up tens of students regularly. A teacher from the same school took the videos and shared it. An investigation is underway.”
It is also learnt that Police and Child Welfare Department officials are also taking statements from the students.
Does anyone beat students in this way? It’s not acceptable by any means. May what be the scenario, there is always a better way of counselling the students. One should give advice in a kind way instead of beating up a student like that and let’s hope this won’t follow up in the times to come.