HIMMATNAGAR: The administrator of an unregistered residential school in Gujarat’s Sabarkantha district has been accused of branding at least 12 minor students with a hot steel spoon as a form of punishment.
The incident occurred because the students allegedly failed to wake up early in the morning. The incident has resulted in the filing of a case involving charges of assault and other offenses under the Indian Penal Code and the Juvenile Justice Act against the administrator, Ranjit Solanki, of Nachiketa Vidya Sansthan.The complaint was filed by the father of a 10-year-old student.
According to deputy superintendent of police Smit Gohil, it is alleged that Solanki branded the complainant’s son and 11 other students with a hot steel spoon nearly two months ago. However, Solanki has not yet been arrested.
Solanki, a resident of Poshina taluka in the district, is the administrator of ‘Nachiketa Vidhya Sansthan’ in Kheroj village, Khedbrahma taluka.
A separate investigation conducted by the district primary education officer’s office has revealed that the institution is not a registered school but rather an unregistered ‘gurukul’ with a hostel facility, run by a trust. It primarily focuses on teaching Upanishads, Ramayana, and Vedas to students.
The complaint was made by Ramabhai Taral, who alleged that Solanki had branded his minor son and 11 other students because they failed to wake up early in the morning.
Taral claimed that the trust had convinced local tribals that ‘Nachiketa Vidya Sansthan’ was a regular school with hostel facilities, and students could study and stay there until Class X.
“I learned a week ago that students were being mistreated at the school. To verify this claim, I visited the school a few days ago. Although there were burn marks on my son’s legs, he did not disclose anything due to some unknown fear. Later, he informed me that Solanki had branded him two months ago for not waking up early,” Taral stated in his complaint.
“We learned from students that Solanki had branded 12 students, one by one, using a hot spoon as punishment for not waking up early. Out of fear, the students did not disclose this to their parents all this time,” Taral added in his complaint.
(With inputs from PTI)

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