The private school in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, where a teacher had instructed children in her classroom to hit a student one by one, referred to his Muslim faith, and talked pejoratively about “Mohammedan children”, has been sealed for now, Basic Education Officer Shubham Shukla said on Sunday.
He informed that the Neha Public School did not meet the criteria of the department and notices had been sent to senior authorities to de-recognise the school from the UP education board. “All the 50 students will be shifted to the government school or other schools in the district within a week,” an officer informed.
Neha Public School is the only private school in Khubbapur village, where the incident took place. The school is owned by Tripta Tyagi, the teacher who is accused of making communal remarks and ordering the children to hit their classmate – ostensibly because he got his multiplication tables wrong.
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In the video that went viral on the internet, Tyagi is seen ordering children to slap the boy, who is in tears. “Maine toh declare kar diya, jitne bhi Mohammedan bachche hain, inke wahan chale jao (I have declared – all these Muslim children, go to anyone’s area)…” She then trails off as the man appears to agree,” she is heard saying in the video.
An FIR was been filed against Tyagi based on the boy’s statement and his father’s complaint, under IPC sections 323 (causing hurt) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace).
The school is registered with the UP state board and received affiliation in 2019. At the moment, there is construction going on at the school, and Tripta had been teaching the students at her home, which is also where the incident took place.