Arrested DESAM members released

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IMPHAL, June 20: The 16 members of Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) including its president who were arrested by police for assaulting a computer science teacher of St Joseph School, Sangaiprou, have been released on bail bond today.

Addressing a press meet at its office here today following the release, president of DESAM M Angamba said that the incident in which the computer science teacher Gurumayum Rupachandra Sharma was assaulted at their office was unfortunate as the students’ body highly regards teachers.

He claimed that a student of the school namely Shytam was beaten by the teacher in his hand and other parts of his body 51 times using stick.

He admitted that the teacher was called by the student’s body at its office to hold a talk on the incident following a complaint filed by parents of the student over the corporal punishment meted out by the teacher to the student.

But unfortunately, the talk ended up with the teacher getting beaten by members of the students’ body, which could have been avoided, he said.

Appealing to all who are in teaching profession to pardon the students’ body for assaulting the teacher, he urged the government to look into the rampant violation of student rights in the State.

Many of the teachers in private schools are not DIET and B Ed pass. Misunderstanding may occur between teachers and students if teachers are not properly trained and strictly adhere to their ethics, the president of DESAM pointed out.

Quoting RTE Act, he said that a teacher cannot enter classroom with stick and beat student.

He expressed gratitude to those schools, colleges and organizations for ensuring that the 16 members of the students’ body are released at the earliest.

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