Upset after being allegedly insulted by a school peon, a 16-year-old student of Bhopal’s Demonstration Multipurpose Higher Secondary School tried to end his life on Tuesday. The boy popped in 80 tablets prescribed for thyroid and is undergoing treatment at a city hospital.
School peon allegedly made derogatory remarks about his financial condition
Aman Sen, a student of Class 9, tried to commit suicide a day after school peon Bahadur Singh Jha allegedly made derogatory remarks about his financial condition and his father, who owns a paan shop, in front of his friends and teachers.
The school administration, however, has denied that Aman was insulted and maintained the boy blamed the peon because of some personal grudge.
Aman’s father Babulal told reporters that Jha insulted his son. “He (Jha) told him that he (Aman) belongs to slum dwellers community and had no right to study in a CBSE-affiliated English medium school. Jha also told my son that he should take a transfer certificate and take admission at a government school,” Babulal told HT.
Babulal said the boy had swallowed 80 of his mother’s thyroid tablets on Tuesday morning.
According to police, the boy was found unconscious in his room at his Shyamla Hills house by his parents. Earlier, around 9 am, the boy had send a message to his elder brother Abhishek saying: “Brother, I am going very far from you and will never come back.”
After regaining consciousness the boy accused the peon of insulting him: TI
Town inspector Madanlal Ivane said that after regaining consciousness the boy accused the peon of insulting him over his financial status. “Investigations are on in the case. We are yet to record his statement,” he said.
Principal denies the charges against peon
Principal Harish Prasad, however, rubbished the charges against peon Jha.
“He (Aman) was not insulted by the peon. He had only asked him to bring his parents on Tuesday to receive his results of the supplementary examinations (he took on Monday). On Tuesday, when he did not turn up, we called his uncle who informed us that he tried to commit suicide,”
Prasad said. “Aman must have blamed the peon because of some personal grudge against him. School always thinks about the betterment of the students and never insults them in a way that could drive them to commit suicide,” he added.
At least 42 school students have committed suicide in the state till May this year.