“A case under section 324 (assault), has been registered against the class teacher, Miss Mitchell. However, we have not arrested her yet,” said police sub inspector, Nitin Mahadik, of Gamdevi police station.
The police said that, Princessa Bugde (5), a resident of Prarthna Samaj, was caned by a wooden foot ruler so badly that welts appeared on her legs.
The incident happened on Tuesday afternoon. Her fault: writing 13 instead of 31. On reaching home, the victim started crying loudly.
Mahadik further added, “It is a serious crime and we will also write to the BMC authorities to conduct the inspection of the school. So that in future such incident do not occur”.
The parents of the victim submitted their official complaint with the police on Wednesday night after the school authorities refused to take action against the teacher. After which on Thursday evening an FIR was registered against the teacher.
St Columba, which opened in 1832, is the first school for girls in Mumbai.
Prashant Bugde, father of the victim alleged that, till Thursday morning the school authorities were harassing them and threatening them with dire consequences if they continued to press their complaint.
Bugde, said, “After seeing the bruises on Tuesday, I went to the school authorities on Wednesday morning and met school Principal Annette Lobo, she flatly denied that any such thing had taken place. Lobo then said that the girl had fallen down the staircase”.
Bugde was beaten up in front of the entire class but her classmates were warned by the school authorities to not speak to anyone about it.
The medical check up conducted by the hospital authorities confirmed that, “the victim has been assaulted by a blunt object due to which a patch of 5×3 centimetres and multiple bruise marks are visible on her right and left calf along with left and right ankle”.