‘Beaten up by teachers for not paying Rs 100,’ allege students in Pulwama

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Srinagar: Students of the Government Higher Secondary School in Rohmu village of Pulwama on Tuesday accused their teachers of physically harassing them for not going on a school picnic as they were unable to afford the picnic fee.

The students who were unable to pay the sum of 100 rupees, due to poor financial conditions, were targeted by the teachers on Monday, when they were humiliated and called out during the school’s morning assembly.

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“We were not allowed to attend classes and were beaten up by the teachers”, Rayees Ahmad, a student of class 11, told The Kashmir Walla over phone.

He further added that his peers and he are mentally disturbed. “We couldn’t afford the fee and also the pocket money and other expenses for the trip. So we decided not to go; we have the right to make our own decisions.”

Another student, Imran Nazir stated that the students were forbidden from attending classes, unless they paid the fee. “We decided to approach authorities and take up the matter legally. But we were beaten and kicked for going to the DC office.”

The students accused Altaf Ahmad Khan, their zoology teacher and Mohi Din Mir, their economics lecturer, for taunting them and taking away their bags. They had apparently taunted the students saying, “Go bring the media”.

However, Altaf Ahmad Khan, while talking to The Kashmir Walla said that the accusations are false. He added, “Today’s students are imbecile, they went to the DC office directly and not home after given permission to bring 100 rupees.”

“Our bags are also there in school, they kept our bags with them. My friends and I are so disturbed and humiliated that we decided to burn ourselves alive,” added Mr. Nazir.