KUALA LUMPUR, May 17 ― Another abuse case at a tahfiz school has emerged, with one student left traumatised following an alleged beating by a hostel warden that left the child with injuries to the ribcage and arm.
According to the student’s father, the incident allegedly happened at 5pm on May 10, when the tahfiz school warden summoned the student and asked various personal questions that he student denied.
As a result of the denials, the hostel warden — who is also an ustaz or Islamic religious teacher — allegedly hit the student with a cane and punched the child until the ribcage was bruised, local daily Harian Metro reported today.
The news report did not specify the allegations or personal questions that were allegedly asked by the warden.
The victim, who is a first-year secondary-level student at the tahfiz residential school in Shah Alam, then contacted the father and was brought to a clinic for treatment.
According to the father who declined to be named, his child had just moved to the tahfiz school a week before and was allegedly punished before by the same warden for purportedly being late to class.
“Following the incident, my child is traumatised about going to school and is still weak,” the father was quoted saying and noted the child still suffered pain.
“Before this, the child was caned but the incident that day is too excessive and should not have happened,” he said, adding that he could not accept the violence despite the ustaz having apologised and wanting to bear the medical fees.
Harian Metro said a police report was lodged at Shah Alam's Section 9 police station a day after the May 10 incident, adding that Shah Alam district police chief Asst Comm Shafien Mamat confirmed receiving such a report.
Shafien said investigation papers for the case have been opened and that all witnesses including the warden would be called up to assist in the probe under Section 323 of the Penal Code.
Section 323 specifies the punishment for voluntarily causing hurt as a maximum one-year jail term or a maximum RM2,000 fine or both.
This case comes shortly after an alleged student abuse case that also occured in a tahfiz school, where the boy who was beaten up by an assistant hostel warden in that case had to have both legs amputated and subsequently died.