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Student paralysed after punishment
LUCKNOW, Jul 10 :
Published on 10 Jul. 2009 10:44 PM IST
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A class X student was allegedly molested by her former principal in Lucknow while another girl student was rendered partially paralysed in Jhansi following corporal punishment by her principal. In Agra, a three-year-old drowned in his school primarily owing to the carelessness of the school staff on Thursday. The increasing numbers of such instances are sure to trigger fresh debate on the need for a governing body to put a leash on the private educational institutions to check similar instances. In Jhansi, Saundarya Srivastava of class XI at St Francis’ Convent Inter College was rendered partially paralysed after she was knocked off unconscious after standing under the scorching summer sun for over two hours as a punishment from her college principal. Saundarya approached the principal to pursue her admission in a computer course. Earlier, too, she had made a similar attempt but her application was rejected on grounds that she had not procured the required percentage in her previous examinations. Her second attempt, however, made the principal so agitated that she first caned the girl and then forced her to stand under the scorching summer sun till she fainted. Subsequently, she was sent home when she regained consciousness after a little rest. “But while she was leaving, the principal once again cautioned her not to make an issue of the whole thing and threatened to spoil her career if she dared to,” her father Pramod said. By the time Saundarya reached home on Tuesday, her right hand and leg were left partially paralysed. She was admitted to the district hospital from where her parents shifted her to a private nursing home on Wednesday. Though Saundarya’s right had, by Wednesday evening, had started to respond, her leg was yet to show any improvement. Doctors attending the girl at a private hospital fear that as she apparently hit the ground, her nervous system suffered an impact because of which the problem had occurred. Senior SP, Jhansi, LV Antony, told TOI that a complaint had been received in connection with the incident but the police were yet to even lodge a formal case leave alone any arrests. In the Lucknow incident, the girl student was picking guavas from a tree outside her house in Kalli Paschim locality in Mohanlalganj, on the city outskirts on Wednesday afternoon when Sarvesh, owner of Ambedkar Public Convent, molested her. The girl raised an alarm and local residents nabbed the accused. According to the victim’s parents, their daughter had studied in Sarvesh’s school up to class 8 after which she switched over to Malti Narain Inter College, about a year ago. Meanwhile in Agra, a three-year-old student of a play school in the upmarket Dayalpur Colony drowned in the school swimming pool on Thursday. Surprisingly, after the incident came to light, the school management preferred not to rush the kid to a hospital but engaged a private practitioner for help. More so after the boy was pronounced dead at the hospital later on, the entire staff of the school disappeared from the campus leaving the gates locked. Additional superintendent of police (ASP), city, BP Ashok, told TOI that he was informed about the incident in the afternoon. “The victim Rudraksh was enrolled to the Paradise Play School only five days ago. The school as a part of facilities offered, provide for swimming training for students. Rudraksh’s body was found afloat in the swimming pool around noon,” Ashok said. Though by early evening, Rudraksh’s parents refused to pursue any police action and took the body away without a post-mortem examination, the ASP said that police have already started investigations into the case. “We are on the lookout for the principal and the guilty will surely be punished,” he said. At the same time, the relatives and neighbours of Rudraksh were angry over the careless attitude of the school management and their disappearance. They alleged that the school did not have a swimming pool of the younger children and neither is there any kind of access control to the pool.

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