Thiruvananthapuram : Taking a serious view of a four-year-old Upper KG child being locked up in a kennel as punishment by a teacher for talking during classes, the Kerala government on Tuesday ordered the closure of the private school.

The swift action was taken on the basis of the report of the Deputy Director of Education who found serious violation of rules in the functioning of the school located at Kudpapanakunnu on the outskirts of the state capital, which has classes from LKG to the Class VII.

Severe punishment methods were said to followed by teachers in the school, the report said. The building also lacked basic facilities for running a school, it was stated.

Meanwhile, a local court here granted bail to the school principal Sasikala, who was arrested yesterday after the incident came to light.

Parents have alleged that the child was put in the kennel on the premises of a house, from where the school was run, after releasing the dog from its confinement

. The incident, which took place on September 25, came to light on Monday, triggering an outrage with child rights campaigners and social activists voicing serious concern and calling for stern action, including shutting down of the school.

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