20 January 2020
Keonjhar: A school headmaster has landed into trouble after a video of his forcing students to kneel down and beating them mercilessly with sticks has gone viral on social media.
Reportedly, the incident has occurred at Pitatangar UP School under Harichandanpur block in Keonjhar district of Odisha. The video shows over 15 students including some girls kneeling on the school verandah and the headmaster Rati Narayan Rout breaking sticks on their bodies.
When the person shooting the video questioned Rout about his act, as any kind of corporal punishment is banned across schools in India, the latter claimed he doesn't have any other option as the students are unruly.
Soon after the issue was taken up by various mass media, the Block Education Officer (BEO) placed Rout under suspension on charges of administering corporal punishment to students and negligence of duty.