Blind school director, principal held for beating students
HYDERABAD: The director and the principal of a school
for blind in Andhra Pradesh were arrested for beating up their students.
The arrests were made after parents of the children
staged a protest and attacked the Greenfield Residential School for Blind at
Thimmapuram near Kakinada in East Godavari district and the district collector
ordered a probe into the incident, which came to light after four days.
Video clips of Director KV Rao and Principal
Srinivasulu caning the blind children were released to the media on Monday,
leading to an outrage. The director himself is blind and he was seen
mercilessly caning the children with the help of Srinivasulu, who was holding
The clips showed children pleading to spare them but
the duo showed no mercy. Rao and Srinivasulu were arrested after angry parents
attacked the school, and also manhandled the principal. Police intervened to
bring the situation under control.
Rao admitted that they beat up three students for
making noise. He even defended the action by saying punishment is necessary for
those making noise.
District Collector Neetu Prasad ordered probe by
District Education Officer (DEO) Srinivas Reddy. The official along with police
reached the school and spoke to the children, who were sent to the Kakinada
government hospital for medical examination.