SC on UP Student Slapping Case: No Quality Education if Student is Penalised on the Ground of Religion
There cannot be any quality education if a student is sought to be punished on the ground that he belongs to a particular community.
There cannot be any quality education if a student is sought to be punished on the ground that he belongs to a particular community, the Supreme Court Monday said, as it pulled up the Uttar Pradesh government for shoddy probe in a case where a Muslim schoolboy was allegedly slapped by his classmates on the instruction of his teacher in Muzaffarnagar.
Voicing displeasure over the incident, the top court directed the UP government to appoint a senior IPS officer within a week to probe the case.“The teacher asked the students to beat the victim because of his religion. What kind of education is being imparted?” it said.
A bench of Justices Abhay S Oka and Pankaj Mithal, while directing that the IPS officer shall file a report in the apex court, asked the state government to conduct counselling of the victim and other students involved in the incident by professional counsellors.
“There cannot be any quality education if a student is sought to be penalised on the ground that he belongs to a particular community. There is a prima facie failure on the part of the State to comply with mandatory obligations of RTE Act and relevant rules,” the bench said in its order.
It was hearing a plea filed by Tushar Gandhi, the great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, seeking speedy investigation in the case. The top court, which perused the status report filed by the Muzaffarnagar Superintendent of Police, said it has “serious objections” to the manner in which the FIR was registered after a long delay.
It said the father of the victim has made specific allegation that his son was beaten in school due to his religious faith.“The complaint filed by the student’s father related to cognizable offences but no FIR was immediately registered. Only a non cognizable report was filed initially and the FIR was registered after a long delay on September 6, almost two weeks after the incident.
The father’s allegations were not mentioned in the FIR…This is about quality education. Quality education includes sensitive education,” the bench said.