6 Sept 2023

Muzaffarnagar School Slap Incident: Supreme Court Seeks Response From UP Government On Petition Filed By Tushar Gandhi

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh government and ordered it to file a status report on the FIR registered in connection with the slapping of a Muslim minor student in a private school in Muzaffarnagar district.

A bench of Justices Abhay S Oka and Pankaj Mithal on Wednesday, while hearing a petition filed by Tushar Gandhi, great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, issued notice to the state government and ordered the concerned Superintendent of Police to file the status of investigation and report in the court.

The apex court has fixed September 25 for the next hearing of the matter

The viral video of the sensational incident purportedly showing the class teacher encouraging other students to slap a Muslim fellow student has sparked outrage across the country. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and the National Human Rights Commission have also issued notices to the state government.

On August 24 this year, a 'disturbing video' surfaced in which a seven-year-old boy was allegedly slapped by fellow students at Neha Public School in a village in Muzaffarnagar on the instructions of their teacher/principal Tripti Tyagi. It was told that the reason for this was that the multiplication table of the victim student was wrong.

The petition states that the seven-year-old victim child complained that he was feeling disturbed and was unable to sleep after the incident. A demand has been made to order independent and unbiased investigation so that the real facts related to the incident may come to the fore.

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