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SC All-Woman Bench Convicts Karnataka Teacher For Assault Of Class 2 Student

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| September 9 , 2018 , 12:45 IST

In a rare citing, an all-woman Bench of the Supreme Court has convicted a teacher from Karnataka for assaulting a Class-II student resulting in loss of vision in left eye of the student, media reported on Saturday.

A two judge bench of Justice R. Banumathi and Justice Indira Banerjee were hearing a matter where a school teacher had allegedly assaulted a class two student which resulted in the loss of vision.

The accused school teacher, CR Kariyappa, had used a wooden stick to beat up the student for not wearing uniform shoes, resulting in an injury to the left eye of the minor. Despite two surgeries, the Class-II student's left eye suffered loss of vision.

The trial court had acquitted the accused, and the high court had reversed it and convicted him under Section 326 IPC and sentenced him to undergo imprisonment for a period of two years.

However, the all woman bench of the apex court rejecting all contentions pronounced, “The evidence of PW-2 injured-child witness in his cross-examination stated that the admitted suggestions put to him by the defence counsel that he was tutored, in our considered view, the same cannot be the reason for discarding the evidence of PW-2. When PW-2 was examined in the Court sometime after the occurrence, being a child witness (PW-2) who is not conversant with the court’s proceedings, has to be necessarily apprised about the court’s proceedings and that he has to speak about the occurrence. It cannot be said that he was tutored about the occurrence itself to depose against the appellant.”