6-year-old died after ‘thrashing’ by teacher, principal denies charge

Police convince parents to donate victim’s eyes to his sibling, blind by birth

Written by Divya Goyal | Ludhiana | Published: March 13, 2015 4:51 am
Grieving family members of Sahil outside the school in Shivaji Nagar, Ludhiana, on Thursday. (Source: Gurmeet Singh) Grieving family members of Sahil outside the school in Shivaji Nagar, Ludhiana, on Thursday. (Source: Gurmeet Singh)

In A heart-rending incident on Thursday, a six-year-old child died after he was allegedly beaten up by a teacher at his school.

The parents of the victim, Sahil, a student of class LKG, alleged that on Tuesday the child was unwell and still he was beaten up by the teacher at school.

The police, however, convinced his parents to get the eyes of their dead child donated to their four-year-old younger son who is blind by birth.

The parents alleged that the child vomited in school on Tuesday following which the teacher got angry and beat him up. “He had not been well since Tuesday and just because he vomited, the teacher beat him up. We took him to a doctor. He was improving but his condition again deteriorated on Wednesday morning. We rushed him to Christian Medical College and Hospital but doctors declared him dead on arrival,” said Madan Lal, father of the child, while talking to Newsline.

The father said that the family wanted strict legal action against the school as the condition of his child would not have deteriorated had the school provided proper medical treatment instead of beating him up.

Sahil was a student of Shivalik Vidya Mandir in New Shivaji Nagar, a school in the neighborhood of the child’s house.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (Central) Satish Malhotra said that it was more important to ensure that the eyes of the dead child were used and his younger brother got vision.

“We saw the whole situation; the four-year-old younger brother of the dead kid was blind. We convinced his parents to donate eyes of their child, and his brother was taken for transplant immediately. As for parents’ allegations, we have talked to the principal. They said the kid was rushed home after he vomited on Tuesday. We are investigating the case but no FIR has been registered yet,” said Malhotra.

Till filing of this report, the body was kept in a freezer at the hospital and the younger son was taken to the hospital for medical tests.
SHO Randhir Singh, at division number 3 police station, said that more medical tests would be done on Friday to know if the eyes could be donated to the younger brother.

Shashi Kant, principal of the school, said, “It is completely a wrong allegation that the kid was beaten up after he vomited on Tuesday. We called his parents and rushed him home as he was unwell. On Wednesday, no allegations were levelled by the parents and no complaint reached us. It is only when the kid is no more that the parents alleged that he was beaten up. But it is not true.”

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