Supreme Court Gives Relief to the Teacher of St. Xavier’s School, Jaipur

The Supreme Court has given relief to a teacher of St. Xavier's School in Jaipur in the case of abetment to suicide.
Supreme Court Gives Relief to the Teacher of St. Xavier’s School, Jaipur
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The Supreme Court has given relief to a teacher of St. Xavier's School in Jaipur in the case of abetment to suicide. The court said, 'If a student commits suicide by taking the offense of reprimand, then the teacher cannot be held guilty. The teacher's reprimand does not amount to abetment of suicide. Justice Nazir said, "There is a saying that if the stick is not used, the child will be spoiled. Although corporal punishment cannot be given to the child by law, this does not mean that the teacher should turn a blind eye to the indiscipline of the child. "

Case registered against the teacher

The High Court made a mistake by rejecting the petition of the accused… it is the duty of the court to take the right test and decide. The case pertains to suicide at home by a class 9 student of St. Xavier's School, Jaipur. The court dismissed the case registered against teacher Jio Varghese. A bench of Justices S Abdul Nazeer and Krishna Murari said, "It is the duty of the teacher to bring discipline among the students. It is not uncommon for a teacher to reprimand a student for not paying attention, breaking discipline, or bunking the class. It cannot be considered as a reason to compel suicide.

Punishment cannot be given to the child by law

This can be held only if it is proved that the teacher was deliberately harassing the student again and again. Although corporal punishment cannot be given to the child by law, this does not mean that the teacher should turn a blind eye to indiscipline. So In the suicide note in English- Thank you, sir, my PTI was written.

Duty of the Supreme court to examine the facts properly

Image Credit: The New Indian Express
Image Credit: The New Indian Express

This is been written by an immature mind. This shows the sensitive behavior of the deceased. The High Court made a mistake by dismissing the petition of the accused. However, It is the duty of the court to examine the facts properly and take a decision. Therefore, we are quashing the FIR registered in this case.' The bench expressed its condolences to the relatives of the deceased student and said, "We understand the pain, pain of the mother. So We sympathize with them. But sympathy and the grievance of the complainant cannot turn into a legal remedy.

The teacher was reprimanded for bunking the class

A class 9 student of St Xavier's School committed suicide by hanging himself on April 26, 2018. On May 2, 2018, the police had registered a case of abetment to suicide against PT teacher Jio Varghese on the complaint of the child's mother. The mother had alleged that a day before the incident, Varghese had reprimanded her son in front of everyone.

The High Court did not give relief

This made him feel very humiliated and came under mental stress. Police found a two-page suicide note. Based on this, the police were treating the teacher as an accused. On this Varghese reached the Rajasthan High Court to quash the case but the High Court did not give relief. Thereafter, Varghese filed a petition in the Supreme Court.

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