Mangaluru: In Video, Teacher in Mangalore Seen Thrashing Boy With Fractured Arm

Mangaluru (Agencies): A young boy with a fractured arm is hit repeatedly by a teacher in a video that has gone viral on social media.


The 5-minute video is hard to watch. It shows the boy, his right arm in a cast, standing petrified as his teacher, Somasundara Shastri, attacks him. In between the beatings, the man, who is a Veda teacher, is seen holding the thin eight-year-old by both ears and giving him a thorough shake.

The teacher also asks the boy whether he is a ‘Brahmin’ or a ‘Kshatriya.’

A complaint was lodged yesterday over the incident, which reportedly took place earlier this year in May.


  1. “The teacher also asks the boy whether he is a ‘Brahmin’ or a ‘Kshatriya.’” – Report without giving any context.

    This incident took place right outside Vitla Panchalingeshwara Temple. This temple holds annual Veda classes for Brahamana students. These classes were started back in 80s by Late. SN Bhatt who was a popular physician in the area.

    The video shows a teacher delivering corporal punishment to a boy for creating some kind of trouble. If you can understand Havyaka language, you can clearly see why he made the comment he made. Apparently the boy sat on a special chair that was designated only for an elderly person from Vitla Royal family (‘Verma’). He was questioning the boy why he ignored all the prior warnings and sat on the chair when it was designated for ‘kshatriya’ (as in royal family), not for a brahmana boy.

    Well, as readers know, I despise the notion of corporal punishment in schools or home. As a society, we have come a long way. We need to work even harder to address this horrible culture. It could be teacher hitting students, parents hitting their kids or police abusing individuals – All these need to stop.

    • If you can understand Havyaka language, you can clearly see why he made the comment he made. – Joker Rampu

      And along with Havigannada, I suppose you can speak Aramaic, Pashto, Santali, Swahili, Greek and Latin too! But then, we are just talking about your exhaustive/comprehensive knowledge on languages here and not your other talents such as infinite wisdom in statecraft, philosophy, religion(s), music, metallurgy, medicine, literature, sculpture, art, cinematography, calligraphy, ornithology… etc.

      Sure as Mohana Bhagawatha’s ridiculous looking Chaddis, we seem to be having a versatile genius here!

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