A horrific case of harassment by school authorities has come to light once again as a 11-year-old student of Class 5 committed suicide by consuming poison in Gorakhpur.
Reports suggest that the reason behind this extreme step taken by the young student of St Anthony’s Convent School was because he was made to stand for almost three hours.
A suicide note was discovered from the boy’s school bag, which read that he decided to end his own life because of the harsh punishment, as reported by Hindustan Times.
The boy’s parents have blamed the school authorities for this tragedy.
“He was quite upset when he came back from school. The teacher had made him stand on the bench for a long time and tortured him mentally. He did not look normal from that day and seemed to be in depression. Today, he consumed poison… The school is responsible for his death,” the boy’s father informed Times of India.
The boy was rushed to the BRD Medical college hospital, where he died during treatment.
In his unfortunate suicide note, the boy wrote that teachers shouldn’t be giving such punishment to students.
Hindustan Times quoted his suicide note as saying, “Aaj 15-09-17 mera pehla exam tha. Meri class teacher ne mujhe 9.15 tak rulaya, khada rakha isliye kyunki woh chaapluson ki baat maanti hai. Aaj maine soch liya hai ki main marne wala hoon. Meri aakhri iksha meri ma’am ko kisi bachhe ko itni badi saza na dene ko kahein. (I had my first exam today on September 15. My class teacher made me stand till 9:15 because she only listens to sycophants. I have decided to die. My last wish is that “my ma’am” should not punish any other student in such manner).”
The school is yet to give their side of the statement on the allegations.
In another story from a Mumbai school, 14-year-old Nalasopara boy had tried to end his life on Monday, for being allegedly ragged by his three classmates. All three students have been booked, however, no arrest has been made.
The victim’s health is showing signs of improvement for the time being. The Class 7 student had taken admission in the school in July after his family shifted from Malad. On Monday, when he returned home, he was alone since his father, an autorickshaw driver, was at work, and his mother had gone to the market.
He changed his school clothes, climbed a chair, tied two dumb bells, each weighing 15 pounds, to his feet, and hanged himself from an iron rod on the ceiling using a nylon rope, as reported by Times of India. His older brother Vivek came home just in time and rescued him.
The victim’s family has informed the police that classmates who began by elbowing him and hitting him on his head, had tortured him and left him deeply hurt. This progressed to hiding his tiffin box and emptying his water bottle. They would even throw away his school bag and books.
On Friday, he had come home very upset with nail marks on his neck. The next day, after his parents brought it to the notice of the school authorities, the victim was made to sit on the front bench. The bullies were given a warning and let off. The parents further alleged they had brought the bullying to the notice of the school every week since then, however, the school did not take up the matter seriously.
Tuling police inspector Kishore Khairnar said, they visited the school and spoke to students who named the three boys, who are allegedly known to harass students.
“A case of ragging has been filed against the boys aged 13 and 14 years. The teens as well as their parents have been questioned,” said Khairnar.
The boys stay in the same locality as the victim, however, have denied their involvement.
Dr Ajay Jadhav of Alliance Hospital, where the victim has been admitted, said though he is on ventilator, his was showing signs of improvement. He said the boy was also being monitored 24×7.
Police has even interrogated the principal, who is the complainant in the case, as well as school authorities. As of now, no case has been made against the school. Khairnar said they will wait for the victim to recover so that he can confirm all details. The victim’s parents have also given their statement.
About Ragging Laws in India :
The central legislation which checks the practice of ragging in India are :
1. Indian Penal Code
2. UGC Regulations On Curbing The Menace Of Ragging In Higher Educational Institutions, 2009
3. Other institute specific regulations
Indian Penal Code
There are provisions in the IPC which can be used by a student to register an FIR in the nearest Police Station. These provisions are:
i. 294 – Obscene acts and songs
ii. 323 – punishment for voluntarily causing hurt
iii. 324 – voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapon or means
iv. 325 – punishment for voluntarily causing grievous hurt
v. 326 – voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapon
vi. 339 – Wrongful Restraint
vii. 340 – Wrongful Confinement
viii. 341 – Punishment for Wrongful Restraint
ix. 342 – Punishment for Wrongful Confinement
a. 506 – Punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder