Karthik is studying in fourth standard English medium at St Paul's Convent High School.....
It was one more day for him in the school. Inserting a pencil in between, his little fingers were being twisted hardly by his class teacher, in an attempt to crush the pencil so that Karthik can feel the pain of being guilty for the blunder he has committed....
Second time, he was being made to be slapped on his cheeks by all his classmates for repeating the same shameful mistake.
He never told his parents about these punishments. He was not sure of their response as his elder sister never did such mistakes. Besides, his low grades made him not to raise the issue with his parents. He felt low and dejected. He had a tender anguish in him. He could not tolerate both the physical and verbal abuse by his teacher. The punishments were haunting him even at playground.
Days were rolling on. Karthik didn't learn from his mistakes. It was one more day for him. Third time, Karthik was being beaten brutally and was hospitalized for attempting the same blunder. Then followed his parents, media and school management to respond in their convenient ways.
In all these three instances he had made the mistake of uttering few normal words in his mother tongue, Telugu, unintentionally. In that school , only two languages are allowed for communication. First one is English and the second one is English. Vernacular languages/mother tongue is a strict no no.
1. Based on a real incident in Andhra Pradesh.
2. The insistence of usage of English as the only language of communication in schools is resulting in gradual erasing of mother tongues/vernaculars