A female teacher of a primary school at Brahmanvashi village near Padra of Vadodara beat up the students for their act of complaining over the shortage of mid-day meals. 47 students were forced in a room and were beaten up badly. Over 25 students sustained injuries in the incident, after which their livid parents complained to the village council, demanding stern action against the teachers. Irate parents of student state staged a protest outside a police station and lodged a complaint. MLA of Padra has also asked to terminate the teacher.
The children had reportedly complained after the food that they were entitled under the government’s mid-day meal scheme had run out, leaving them hungry. Students of 1 to 6 standards were offered mid-day meal in which the students of class V ran out of food. The students went to Rajubhai, the chief of the School Management Committee (SMC), to lodge a complaint. The teachers were angry with the students for knocking at the doors of the school management with their complaint. When Rajubhai left the school, the teachers beat the students together. On their part, the district authorities have reportedly promised to take strict action against the teachers involved in the incident.
The injured students were brought to the Government Hospital of Padra for treatment.