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Teacher Parmjeet Kaur is facing court after he punched and stamped on a seven-year-old girl when she was unable to answer a question in her arithmetic class at Chautdara village in the Punjab, in North-West India.

The girl, who was hospitalised after the assault, is from the dalit caste that used to be known as the untouchables, a term referring to people who did the unsavoury jobs in society which it was believed left them tainted and unable to fully participate in religious affairs and general life in the country.

The girl's father, Neetu Singh, 37, has filed a complaint with police about the assault.

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