Perambalur: The allegation made by a class 9 student in Tamil Nadu that he was forced to drink his own urine by three of his teachers was found to be false. The teachers have, however, been suspended but only for whipping the student.
Meanwhile, all the three teachers accused of child torture have been arrested.
The 14-year-old boy of a private school and his parents had claimed that the teachers made the student urinate under a tree and drink it and later beat him up after he sought permission to go to the toilet.
Upset at the alleged treatment meted out to him, the boy escaped to his native village Sholanmalai near Kumbakonam, where he has been admitted to a government hospital, the parents had said.
The management of the Agaram Seekur Sirumalar High School in Perambalur had denied the allegation but said the teachers have been suspended pending departmental inquiry.
Officials of the education department on Saturday visited the school to probe the matter. Reacting to reports about the alleged incident, the school Correspondent (administrator), Muthamizh Selvan, who announced the suspension, had alleged the student had brought with him a drug mixed tobacco substance to the school.
The teachers, who got irritated by the constant munching of the stuff, had only warned him and never asked him to drink urine, Selvan had alleged.
The student was spoiling the others, he claimed, adding, "how do you expect the teachers to remain mute spectators to such behaviour. Are not the teachers answerable to the parents of other students, if they also become indisciplined".
He said the student, immediately after going out of the school, had made a false complaint to his parents and maintained that such an incident did not take place at all. The school management was ready to face any inquiry, he said.
The incident comes two weeks after a similar shocking case in which a class 5 girl student was allegedly forced to drink her own urine by the hostel warden after she wetted her bed "as a treatment to stop the bad habit" in a school coming under the prestigious Visva-Bharati University in West Bengal.
(With additional inputs from PTI)