Student torture: No broken bones, no case

Published: October 13, 2011
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A primary school teacher tortured a first grade student because she forgot to bring her slate to class on Wednesday.

A primary school teacher tortured a first grade student because she forgot to bring her slate to class on Wednesday.

BAHAWALPUR: 

A primary school teacher tortured a first grade student because she forgot to bring her slate to class on Wednesday.

According to local residents, Qaimpur resident Shakeela, 6, is a student of class-1 at the Government Girls Primary School Chah Dipay Wala.

On Wednesday, her teacher Amina used a stick to thrash the girl in front of her class mates after she forgot to bring her slate to class. Shakeela lost the use of her arm after it was dislocated and was severely beaten.

Doctors reset the arm after several hours and have filed a medical certificate confirming torture. Shakeela’s father Allah Ditta told The Express Tribune that he could not afford to send his daughter to a private school but that the attitude of the teachers was often violent.

Allah Datta and dozens of other villagers protested against the incident outside the Qaimpur Police station.

“The police said that this wasn’t a serious matter and because my daughter regained use of her arm after several hours that they wouldn’t register the case,” Allah Datta said.

“No bones were broken and the child was only bruised. We cannot register a case for that, this is routine,” Inspector Javed said. The Assistant Education Officer Ms Afshan, however, took the notice of the issue and visited the school. “The teacher in question has been suspended and we have launched an inquiry into the incident,” she said.

The victim’s family said that the teacher’s husband was also a government teacher and a landlord in the area. “He is trying to influence the inquiry by exerting pressure on us and has threatened us to take back the complaint,” Allah Datta said.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 13th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • MarkH
    Oct 13, 2011 - 9:53AM

    It appears the existence of police in Pakistan is more detrimental than not having any at all. They don’t arrest people and the statements/excuses they make about inaction is almost always something that carelessly would make anyone feel less safe than if no words were spoken at all when the words of a police officer should carry a tone of reassurance that the people will be protected and the criminal behavior is nowhere near acceptable. For these police it’s more like their responses are tips to would-be criminals on how to not get caught. “Sure, beat the crap out of them but use enough restraint so that I don’t actually have to do my job.”

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  • Mj
    Oct 13, 2011 - 12:01PM

    “No bones were broken and the child was only bruised. We cannot register a case for that, this is routine,” Inspector Javed said.

    Perhaps the villagers will be wise to give a friendly ‘lesson’ to the inspector, taking care not to break any bones.

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Oct 13, 2011 - 3:30PM

    “No bones were broken and the child
    was only bruised. We cannot register a
    case for that, this is routine,”
    Inspector Javed said

    Inspector Javed, something like waterboarding wouldn’t even bruise the skin. Would you like to be waterboarded?

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  • i miss lucy
    Oct 13, 2011 - 6:38PM

    send the policeman’s daughter to that Miss Sahiba’s school

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  • Oct 13, 2011 - 7:46PM

    If the criteria for torture now is “broken bones”, then excuse me while I go legally electrocute, waterboard, and psychologically shatter a bunch of toddlers.

    A Christian who MIGHT have something derogatory about God? Kill, kill, kill..
    A 6-year olf girl who gets tortured to the point of permanent mental trauma? Meh..

    Please pardon my lack of patriotism, but I do have my reasons..

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  • Oct 13, 2011 - 10:43PM

    To register a case like that, the Police officer needed to have a conscious only, not a clause for “torture case without broken bones”, which unfortunately more and more of the law enforcing people in our country seem to lack completely.

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  • Verk
    Oct 14, 2011 - 7:09PM

    I’d have been more surprised if he’d showered the student with love, patience, affection and concern. Now that would have been news.Recommend

  • kenneth
    Oct 14, 2011 - 8:02PM

    Teacher you are cruel. Children should be loved.Imagine your own child in the place of that poor girl. Please don’t ever do this to any child.

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