Woman throws boiling water on schoolchildren

In an unprecedented incident the caretaker of a house in Salt Lake CA allegedly poured boiling water on students of an adjacent school who were playing inside the school compound.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:January 22, 2009 2:38 am

In an unprecedented incident the caretaker of a house in Salt Lake CA allegedly poured boiling water on students of an adjacent school who were playing inside the school compound. Eight students of Class II suffered minor burns.

At 9.20 am,eight students were playing close to the wall of the Salt Lake school,in CA sector,when suddenly Archana Shanki,caretaker of the adjacent house,CA 219,allegedly poured boiling water on children.

“In the tiffin break we were playing in the compound when suddenly I felt that someone had poured hot water on me. The water seeped through my sweater and my skin started burning,” said Anabeli Chandra.

“Someone threw water from the adjacent house. She said that she was punishing us for throwing stones at their house,” said Esha Basu.

Most of the students were traumatised by the incident. “I will never go and play there again. What if she throws hot water again?” said Anabeli.

“None of the neighbors ever came to me to complain about the problems they face because of the students. No one has given me any written complaint. We have,meanwhile,filed a complaint with the Bidhan Nagar north police station,” said principal of the school Saugata D’Souza.

She said the school authorities were thinking of increasing the height of the compound wall. “The children were crying. We gave them first-aid and called their parents and the police,” she added.

Residents of the area,however,said the children of the school were a menace in the area. The water was poured by a couple living in the house of Sushanta Bakshi. The caretaker Mahadeb Shanki,his wife Archana Shanki and their son Pritam have been living in the outhouse for the last few years.

“I am over 70 years old. The children have broken my windowpanes by throwing bricks. They have also damaged my flower pots. Some boys also abuse our caretaker,” said Bakshi.

“We have complained to the principal on numerous occasions but she has not taken any action. No one has thrown hot water. Archana might have thrown some cold water to teach them a lesson,” she added.

Maya Thakkar,who lives in CA 217,also said she had gone to the principal with the bricks that the children had thrown in her compound. “She never paid any heed to my complaint,” Thakkar added.

“We have received a complaint from the school against Archana Shanki. We also took the statement of the children. We are trying to arrest Archana but she is absconding,” said Salt Lake SDPO Subhankar Bhattacharya.

Icy games at school singe children
The authorities in a south Kolkata school were left cold with fear after an ice game they had arranged for the children a few days ago ended up sending many of the students to the doctor with complaints of severe ice burns and swollen palms.

On its annual fate on January 10,the New Horizons High School planned a new game in which children would search for coins by inserting hands in a mass of ice. “We were having our school fate last week where one of the games involved putting one’s hand in ice and fish our coins within a time period. When the ice was melting in the middle,I asked the authorities to put some salt. After sometime,I got complaints that kids were having skin irritations due to the ice and frost bite. I immediately called off the game,” said Indira Sen,the principal.

The school authorities received complaints from three parents whose children from Classes VI to X suffered blisters and eruptions on their hands and palm. According to the principal,the first indication came when one of the teachers brought it to the notice that a Class X student who had participated in the game suffered from similar skin problems and had to be admitted to a nursing home. Following a few more complaints,a meeting was held between the school authorities and the management on January 13,where it was decided that teachers would ask other students if they suffered from a similar symptom.

“My son had participated in the game and kept his hand for half-a-minute. However,after taking out his hand,he complained of a burning sensation. When we complained to the school,they cooperated with us,” said Chaya Das,mother of Subham Das,a Class VII student.

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