New Delhi, June 26: The Thane district rural police on Tuesday, June 26, booked headmistress of a private school for allegedly slapping an 11-year-old boy for yawning during the morning prayer. The class 6 student apparently yawned during the morning prayer held in the private school, located in the Mira Road area here, on June 22. Also Read - Coronavirus: Maharashtra Extends Lockdown Restrictions Till Dec 31, Essential Services Allowed

The boy’s father, in his complaint, said that when he went to the school to know why the principal had slapped his son, she said that if the children indulge in “mischief”, they would be punished. Also Read - Defying Odds, 34-Year-Old Differently-Abled Woman Becomes Sarpanch of 2 Maharashtra Villages

Based on the complaint, the police yesterday registered offences against the school headmistress under Indian Penal Code section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, he said. Also Read - Maharashtra MHT CET Law Result 2020: Scores Expected Today on | Check Details Here

The boy’s father also alleged that the headmistress had earlier pulled up his son for not carrying some school books and warned that she would beat him, he said. Out of fear, the boy was not ready to go to school on June 20.

While no arrest has been made so far, the investigation into the case is underway, the police said.

With PTI inputs