After quelling violent demonstrations sparked by the event, Indian police confirmed Tuesday that they are looking for a teacher accused of killing a low-caste pupil over a spelling error.
According to a police report from his father, Nikhil Dohre’s high school instructor kicked and hit him with a rod till he passed out earlier this month after he spelled “social” incorrectly in an exam.
The culprit has left the region, and the 15-year-old died from his injuries on Monday at a hospital in northern Uttar Pradesh.
Police officer Mahendra Pratap Singh told AFP “He is on the run, but we will arrest him soon.”
Dohre belonged to the Dalit caste, which is at the bottom of the Indian caste system and has long faced prejudice and discrimination.
After learning of Dohre’s passing on Monday in the attack’s Auraiya district, hundreds of people flocked to the streets.
Before the boy’s body was cremated, the crowd set fire to a police car and demanded that the teacher be taken into custody.
According to Singh, about a dozen protesters had been detained.
“We used force to quell the mob and the situation soon came under control,” Superintendent of Police Charu Nigam told reporters.