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Shocking: 15-Year-old Dalit UP class X student dies 19 days after assault with rod by teacher

In yet another shocking incident from UP where a class 10th student died after being thrashed with a rod by the teacher.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Lucknow: In yet another shocking incident from UP came to fore where 15-year-old Dalit class 10 student from Auraiya district died 19 days after being allegedly beaten mercilessly by a teacher, who is from a so-called upper caste, only because he spelt one word wrong during a class test.

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The boy, Nikhit Dohre, died on Saturday night when he was being taken to a specialised hospital in the state’s Etawah district. In a complaint to the police, the boy’s father has said the teacher, Ashwini Singh, assaulted his son on September 7 with sticks, rods, and also kicked him till he fell unconscious after he spelt one word wrong during a social science test at the school.

A video shared by the boy’s family, shot on a mobile phone in the hours after the alleged assault, shows him lying on what appears to be a stretcher. His eyes appear puffed, and the boy is barely conscious.

The father’s complaint further states that the teacher first gave ₹ 10,000 for the boy’s treatment and then a further ₹ 30,000 but later stopped receiving the father’s phone calls. The boy’s father says when he confronted the teacher, he was abused with casteist slurs.

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“We took him to many hospitals, but he could not be saved,” the boy’s distraught father told journalists at the family’s village home.

The Uttar Pradesh police have filed a case based on the father’s complaint and say they have formed three teams to arrest the accused teacher. “We are getting a post-mortem done by a panel of doctors,” Charu Nigam, Auraiya’s police chief, said in a video statement released on Twitter. The police have included sections of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act in the First Information Report, or FIR.

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