Complaints of giving corporal punishment have emerged against a Christian school teacher in Tamil Nadu. A 7-year-old student was beaten and thrashed using a stick, resulting in severe injuries on the head.
The kid went to St Joseph Matriculation School in Thiruvalangadu, Thiruvallur district in TN. Rakshan, a 2nd-grade kid studying at the Christian school, returned home with an injured head on August 18. Shocked parents took him to the hospital. He vomited and fainted on the way to the hospital due to the injury. Later he was admitted to the government hospital in Thiruvallur.
When his parents inquired about the injury, he revealed that the class teacher had beaten him for being naughty. They went to the school and questioned the teacher’s behaviour. The school management reportedly behaved arrogantly and dared them to do what they could. The Principal suggested that they get the Transfer Certificate (TC) instead of complaining. Parents have filed a complaint with the police.
Noticeably, the mainstream media, which created a furore over the death of an SC boy in Rajasthan, attributing caste angle to it, has gone mute on the TN issue. The media trial painted the former as caste discrimination and accused the teacher of slapping the boy for touching a water pot meant for him. But later, the truth came out that the teacher slapped the boy and another along with him for fighting with each other.
While national media covered the incident continuously, Tamil media hasn’t even made a peep about the recent incident. This shows the hold missionaries have over media irrespective of who owns it. The DMK government in TN has been boasting about its social justice and equality-driven Dravidian Model while mocking that people of the Northern states are only concerned about religion for voting BJP.
However, from the death of Lavanya, a 17-year-old Hindu girl who was forced by her Christian school to convert, to Rakshan, the 7 year old boy given corporal punishment, the DMK government has been only trying to suppress incidents involving the minorities. Even though it is a Congress-ruled state, and despite the media hype, Rajasthan villagers felt ashamed that their village is shown in a negative light. They revealed that media reports were wrong and no discrimination took place in the school.
Despite crying hoarse about social justice and equality, it is DMK and Dravidian organisations that want to keep widening the caste fault lines to help abrahamics exploit it, suppressing their atrocities all the while.