UP News: Muzaffarnagar School Teacher Asks Students To Slap Classmate, Apologises After Video Goes Viral; Police Respond

UP News: Muzaffarnagar School Teacher Asks Students To Slap Classmate, Apologises After Video Goes Viral; Police Respond

The incident allegedly happened at Neha Public school in Khubbapur village of Mansoorpur police station area, Uttar Pradesh.

Rashmi SharmaUpdated: Saturday, August 26, 2023, 09:15 PM IST
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A disturbing incident has come to the fore in which a school teacher allegedly encourages minor students to slap their 8-year-old Muslim classmate. Video of the incident went viral on social media, with users demanding action against the teacher.

The incident allegedly happened at Neha Public school in Khubbapur village of Mansoorpur police station area, Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh. In the video, the victim is seen standing in front of the class as the teacher – identified as Tripta Tyagi – is sitting on her chair encouraging other students to come forward and slap their classmate. The students come one by one and hit the victim as Tyagi watches over.

"I have declared that send all the Muslim children there," Tyagi is heard saying in the video. Encouraging the students to slap the victim, she continued, "Why don't you hit them him with force."

Outrage on social media

As the video gained traction on social media on Friday, people demanded against Tyagi. Muzaffarnagar police said in a tweet on X (formerly Twitter) that station in-charge at Mansurpur police has been directed to investigate to necessary action.

However, the victim's father reportedly said he did not wish to file a complaint against Tyagi because he did not believe their would scope of justice. Furthermore, the father also reportedly gave it in writing to Muzaffarnagar police that he did not want to initiate a legal action against Tyagi.

The teacher apologised in front of the police.

The accused teacher, Tripta Tyagi, has asserted that the viral video was edited to present a distorted narrative. She emphasized the harmonious atmosphere in the school with a diverse student body, including Muslim students. Tyagi explained that the boy's parents themselves had encouraged her to discipline him for incomplete homework. She clarified that due to her physical condition, she had asked a few students from the same class to address the matter. She also contended that the video omitted crucial parts of her statement, altering the context.

Regarding her objectionable remark, Tyagi stated that her words were inaccurately portrayed. She claimed that her actual comment advised the Muslim mother not to take her children to their maternal uncle's place due to upcoming exams. However, this portion was excluded from the video.

The victim's father reported that the incident occurred on August 24 and was captured by the boy's cousin, who was at the school for some purpose. He alleged that the teacher subjected his son to an hour of torment, during which other students repeatedly assaulted him. The father asserted that the issue isn't about Hindu-Muslim discord, but he urged authorities to address their complaint.

Tikait intervenes

Intervening promptly, Naresh Tikait, a prominent Jat leader and President of Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU), arrived in Khabbupur village on Saturday evening. Tikait facilitated a reconciliation between the involved children. Encouraged by Tikait, the boys embraced each other and vowed to maintain their friendship. Alongside Tikait, political figures such as Samajwadi Party's Harendra Malik and Congress leaders were present, facilitating the reconciliation process. Tikait distributed candies and chocolates to the children, stressing the importance of enduring friendship.

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