19, Oct 2021 | CJP Team
Suresh Chavhanke owner ‘editor’ of Sudarshan News” has been publicly snubbed by none other than Tamil Nadu Police’s senior officer Dr.P Vijaya Kumar I.P.S., Superintendent of Police of Chengalpattu district, for sharing fake and maliciously distorted news.
— Vijayakumar IPS (@vijaypnpa_ips) October 18, 2021
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Chavhanke had claimed that a viral video clip showing a teacher beating a student was a case of a “Hindu student is being beaten up in a government school in Tamil Nadu because he was wearing “Rudraksha”..!! Christian teacher brutally beat up the student and also banished him from school..!!”
This Hindu student is being beaten up in a government school in Tamil Nadu because he was wearing “Rudraksha”..!!
— Suresh Chavhanke “Sudarshan News” (@SureshChavhanke) October 17, 2021
However, Chavhanke, who is a repeat offender when it comes to communal hate fueling news and social media posts, was fact checked when he shared that his Hindi news channel Sudarshan News on Sunday shared a video clip of the student being beaten up. According to a fact check by multiple media, Chavhanke’s claim is false. The teacher, reportedly a Hindu, had beaten up the student for not coming to his classes. It was reported that the student belonged to a Dalit community and the teacher was arrested and was booked under sections of SC/ST Act and relevant sections of the IPC.
According to a The News Minute Deputy Superintendent of Police in Chidambaram said, “there is no communal angle in this,” and the teacher has been arrested under sections including Section 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 324 (Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of the Indian Penal Code as well as Section 75 of the JJ Act (Punishment for cruelty to child) read with sections of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The teacher has been sent to judicial custody.
Suresh Chavhanke’s tweet, however, added a dangerous communal angle, and the senior TN police official also flagged it to Twitter India. According to TNM, there was a separate school incident that took place in the state last week where “the parents of a child studying at the Anderson school in Kanchipuram district had complained that a teacher named Joyson had asked their son not to sport religious symbols like vibhuti or rudraksha in class and had barred them from entering. A complaint was filed against the teacher and an inquiry has been launched.”
Chavhanke conveniently used that narrative to share the video of the student being thrashed at the Government Nandanar Boys High School located in Chidambaram by the teacher named Subramanian, to add a communal angle.
The TNM reported that according to the headmaster of the government school, “eight students came to school on Wednesday and attended the first hour. But as it was physics class in the second hour and because Subramanian, the teacher, conducts daily class tests, these eight students decided to skip the class.” The teacher was arrested and booked under sections of the SC/ST Act. Meanwhile, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) had written to the Cuddalore District Collector to take action in the case after the video went viral, stated the news report.