A teacher of a government primary school in Mahuva taluka of Surat district has been working for the last two days under police protection. Some parents demanded her transfer from the school accusing her of behaving rudely to the students. The teacher, Dipti Patel, sought police protection after being attacked by a group of parents allegedly at the behest of the village sarpanch’s husband.
The school at Dedvasan village has 19 students from standard 1 to 5 and has only one teacher now – Dipti Patel – who is also the incharge principal.
According to police, on December 30, a group of villagers allegedly locked the main gate of the school demanding immediate transfer of the teacher. When the teacher entered the school, a group of villagers, mainly women, allegedly manhandled her and snatched away her phone. The phone was later handed over to the teacher.
On December 31 also, the school gate was locked allegedly by a group of parents. A parent named Veenubhai Patel, who came to the school to drop off his son, was attacked. Based on his complaint, police registered a case and three persons – Mital Patel, Bipin Patel and Chetan Patel – were arrested Tuesday.