A fight with a classmate over a petty matter has left a class III student of a Dahisar-based school scarred for life. Doctors at an eye hospital in the city expressed fears that Arnav Kamble (name changed to protect identity) may not regain vision in his right eye, injured in a classroom fight five months ago. He is still under treatment. His father is now waging a battle with the school management for negligence and has filed a case against the boy’s classmate.
Arnav, a student of Subedar Ramji Ambedkar School in Dahisar (East) was poked in the right eye with a pen, by a classmate. The Dahisar police has filed a case under section 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of IPC against the nine-year-old boy.
Eight-year-old Kamble had attended school as usual on December 8 afternoon. His father, in his statement to the police, said that during class at around 3 pm, while writing on his notebook, Arnav accidentally stained the shirt of fellow student Amit (name changed). He said Amit thought Arnav had purposely done it, and Amit, allegedly snatched the pen and poked Arnav in the eye with it.
According to Arnav’s parents, the school allegedly did not inform them immediately and wasted over an hour. “Even as my son was grievously injured after the other boy poked him in the eye with a pen, the teacher did not inform us immediately. They sent two students from the class to inform me after almost an hour had passed. This is sheer negligence on the part of school,” said Manisha Kamble, Arnav’s mother.
Arnav was rushed to Bhakti Vedant hospital at Mira Road, where he underwent surgery for repair of a scleral tear. “Even after the surgery, the doctor said Arnav will have no vision in his right eye. We were angry and shocked and took him to JJ Hospital,” said his mother. The boy is currently under treatment at JJ Hospital’s department of ophthalmology. “The boy is undergoing treatment. We don’t want to comment on the case right now as the treatment is still on,” said a doctor of JJ Hospital.
Principal of Subedar Ramji Ambedkar School’s primary section, Deepak Gawde, said, “The incident took place during recess. We were shocked as the two boys are close friends. We thought it happened accidentally. We extended as much support to the parents as we could, including financial help, but the parents filed a police case. We have to consider the fact that the other student is nine years old, and not a criminal. As it was an eye injury, we could not provide any first aid, we rushed the boy to the nearby hospital.”