Matara, Gandara Central College teacher assaults a 13 year old child inhumanly

 - April 19th, 2011 - 

As  a result of an assault made by a teacher of Matara, Gandara Madya Maha Vidyalaya, a student of the same school, had been injured  and  was  admitted to the Matara,Thalalla rural hospital and has taken residential treatment for 5 days.

Ishan Maleesha   of  Devrampura, Kapugama, Devinuwara, (Matara) a13 year old male student of grade 7   year  been assaulted on 4th of March  in  the school. After the questioning about  a pigeon which had flown in  to the class room, the  teacher has forced  the student to accept his involvement in chasing out the pigeon and when the student stated that he was   not involved, the teacher has assaulted on the student’s head, shoulder and thigh area, with an albesia stick until the stick was broken.                                                                                                          

Ishan’s father Mr Iresh Kumara, who was a fisherman  has come to his  home in the evening and when he saw the marks of the assaults he has felt very sad and has gone with his son to the  temple where the reverend monk, who is the acting principal of the Gandara Maha Vidyalaya  is residing, and  has informed about the incident to the Monk, showing all marks of the assault and has requested from him to take the necessary action .                                                                                                                                            

 Later, in the evening of the same day they have gone to the house of the teacher Mr.Cyiril Abeydeera who assaulted the child and after  showing the marks caused due to his assault, and  has questioned  from Mr. Cyril the reason for such an  inhuman  assault, Then he has   stated  that according to an incident in  the school he  had given  about two blows   and even that was done with the intention of correcting the student properly.(for his own good) Then Ishan’s farther has told him that he has not  brought up his children  to be beaten by him, until the sticks are  broken. Thereafter they have come home.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Ishan’s Father has organized  a discussion on Sunday, 20th march 2011 in his village area,  to  educate the villagers  on this assault. About 83 villagers had participated. At the meeting ,  information regarding some previous 4 assaults  done by Cyril  Abeydeera and Sarath Amarasooriya of Gandara Maha Vidyalaya were forwarded by the parents of the students who had faced to similar assaults. Although some parents had  forwarded their complains to the Zonal Director of Education and the Rev. Monk the Principal no investigation had been done on this matter.

Although 15 days  had  passed after  complaining  to Gandara police station, no any investigation had  started so far.  But,  on 20th  before passing  one hour,  after  the discussion took place,  Gandara  police came to  their house and informed them to come to the  police station on the following day at 5.00 p.m. to investigate  their complain                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

At the end of the discussion  a petition expressing their dissatisfaction  in this regard was  prepared  be sent to His Excellency   the President and it was signed by 76 villagers.    

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