A student was hit and her father ‘killed’ in Bihar’s Araria district just because the poverty-stricken child wanted little bit of more khichdi, served as part of mid-day meal.
According to a report by Indian Express Kasheeda, a Class V student, on 10 February was beaten for asking for more meal.
Student of Rajkiya Prathmik Vidyalaya in Araria’s Gokhlapur, the 12-year-old then told her father Mohammed Shagir, who was allegedly kicked when he protested.
Hours later, Shagir died.
Kasheeda recounts, “When I asked for khichdi a second time, school cook Sanjit hit me with a serving spoon with a long handle. I came back home crying and complained to abbu. My father immediately rushed to the school and told Sanjit, ‘Sab bachchon ko sarkari khana khane ka haq hai (All children are entitled to the government mid-day meal)’.”
Her school teacher Z N Ansari, also known as Mastan, came out yelling threatening to kill him.
He said, “Cheer denge (will tear you apart)”.
According to Kasheeda, “Hardev Ram (the school headmaster) also joined in, saying ‘maaro’. Mastan hit my father between his legs.”
Shagir, who was reportedly hit on the testicles, defecated in his clothes and fainted unable to bear the pain.
Shagir’s wife said that the teachers had assaulted her son, a Class 2 student in the same school. The angry teacher had pushed him from the school roof, fracturing his right leg.
Family say the police was very late to react despite they making several attempts to contact them.
Police claim they came to know of the incident only on February 10 night.
“The incident is surely a fallout of the mid-day meal at school. We have recorded the victim’s family’s statement, and statements of 40-odd villagers. Mohammed Shagir had gone to the school and had a scuffle with teachers. Post-mortem alone will establish if he died because of being hit on his testicles. The Narpatganj police officer was quoted by IE.
Bihar government primary schools are allocated Rs 3.86 per child for buying pulses and vegetables besides 100 gm rice each.
However, both the allocated money and rice quantity increase from Classes VI onwards to Rs 5.78 and 150 gm respectively.