CRIME & PUNISHMENT: Headmaster faces student death fury

CRIME & PUNISHMENT IN EDUCATION: Headmaster faces student death fury – true cause of death yet to be ascertained ?!!

FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT

Cooch Behar, July 9: The headmaster of a high school was today beaten up by “outsiders”, protesting the death of a Class V student who was reportedly suffering from fever and was not allowed to go home.

The protesters also ransacked the institution.

Maniprasad Jasoar of Kalabagan High School had been suffering from fever. Yesterday when the fourth period was on, one of his friends urged the teacher to allow the boy to go home. But the teacher had allegedly refused to grant Maniprasad leave as that was the last period of the day, sources said.

After school, Maniprasad, the son of a day labourer, was rushed to a nursing home. From there he was referred to Siliguri but died on the way, the sources said.

Today, Basanti Jasoar claimed that had her grandson been allowed to come back home early, he could have been saved. “It is because of the negligence of the school authorities that we lost our grandson,” Basanti said.

Headmaster Arup Som has denied the charges of negligence. He said: “The way a group of outsiders assaulted me and ransacked the school is unthinkable.” District police chief Kalyan Bandyopadhyay said a picket had been set up in front of the school. No one has been arrested.

SUICIDE INVESTIGATION: Gorkha Youth commits suicide in Delhi – domestic help psychological abuse, tip of the iceberg ?!!

From The Himalayan Beacon
Posted By Barun Roy

New Delhi, July 9, 2010: Life came to a complete standstill for Mr. Krishna Mani Thapa, resident of (R/O) Singbull Dara Goan, P.O. Phugri (Mirik) Darjeeling when he received a message on 6th July 2010, at about 2 AM that his one and only son Asthik Thapa, aged 22 yrs, who was the sole bread earning member of his family passed away.

Asthik had come to Delhi in Jan 2009 and he was working as a domestic helper with Rakesh Aggarwal, R/O A/140 – Surajmall Vihar, Delhi – 110092. At around 09:30 PM on 5th July his dead body was found hanging at the residence of Rakesh Aggarwal, Anand Vihar, Delhi. No suicide note was found on the spot. Asthik is survived by his ailing parents and three younger sisters back home in Darjeeling.

Mr. Krishna Mai Thapa arrived in Delhi on 6/07/2010 and sought help from the GJM representatives of Delhi unit. On receiving the information a team of members headed by Mr. Ashok Biswa (President GJM Delhi) comprising of Ranjan Sharma, Pankaj Chettri, Robin Pradhan (GJYM) and Mrs. Annu Labar (Nari Morcha) visited the site of the incident.

On observing the site where the alleged hanging took place and keeping in view the major contradictions in the narration of sequence of events given by the family members of Mr. Rakesh Aggarwal, some foul play and a hidden conspiracy behind the incident cannot be ruled out completely.

“My son was a charming, jolly, ambitious and a sincere boy. Under no circumstances can my son commit suicide. He was my only son and his sudden death is the biggest loss of my life. My son’s death does not seem to be a case of suicide; he has become a victim of criminal conspiracy” said Mr. Thapa shedding tears.

Mr. Ashok Biswa said that the post mortem report and the police investigation report are awaited. He said “We demand a thorough and transparent examination into the matter and if there is any foul play, we will seek help from our MP and take appropriate action against the accused persons.”

Advocate Ranjan Sharma, Legal Advisor of GJYM said that “It is too early to jump into any conclusions at this stage, however if the act by which the death is caused is done with the intention to cause death then we will instantly register an FIR and initiate a criminal complaint for murder and criminal conspiracy against the accused persons…The rule of law of the country should be upheld and it has to be equally accessible to the Gorkhas as well”.

Mr. Pankaj Chhetri said that “This in not the first incident in the capital city wherein a helpless and a marginalized citizen belonging to the Gorkha community have been a victim of violence, torture and humiliation by their employers. We are open to cooperate with the police and other authorities but we seek some transparency into this investigation and appropriate action against the perpetrators”.

Annu Laber of Nari Morcha reiterated the importance of taking appropriate measures to ensure the safety of the innocent Gorkhas coming from Hills to earn bread and butter in Delhi. She was much worried about the treatment meted out on girls from North-East by the people of Delhi.

The GJM unit of Delhi has been very vigilant, cooperative and has actively contributed in helping and rendering assistance by all possible means to the underprivileged Gorkhas who have been victims of cruelty and major atrocities in the capital city.

There have been numerous instances in the past when the GJM Delhi including the GJYM Youth brigade of Delhi have rendered priceless assistance by helping those who have come all the way from the hills to earn their livelihood in the capital city.

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