Thirteen-year-old Ishtiyaq Ahmed, who had to be hospitalised after one of his teachers beat him up mercilessly over a petty issue, is scared of going back to school. The Class 9 student of the Government Higher Secondary School (Boys), Darhal Malkan in Rajouri district, was admitted to the Government Medical College (GMC) here after he complained of severe abdomen pain after being kicked by his science teacher Mohammad Latief.
"Children were making a noise in the classroom as there was no teacher in the class. Lateif sir suddenly entered the classroom and asked who was shouting. Someone pointed out that I was fighting with someone and he started beating me with a stick and kicked me in the stomach," says Ishtiyaq.
"He beat up some other students also but I was the only one who was kicked," he adds.
Ishtiyaq belongs to a very poor family of a far-flung village of Rajouri district and his father Mushtaq Ahmed is a farm labourer. It is Mushtaq'a cherished dream that his son should do well in studies.
"I was working in the farm, when a villager told me that my son has been admitted to the hospital. I rushed to the hospital, where doctors referred him to the district hospital, Rajouri, from where he was referred to this hospital," says Mushtaq.
"Earlier, doctors said that there was some internal injury near the kidney, and they might have to operate Ishtiyaq upon. I borrowed money from my friends and relatives, but now the doctors think that surgery would not be required," he adds.
Dr Parvez, registrar of the surgical ward of the GMC, who is treating Ishtiyaq, told HT that some fluid was found in the abdomen during the first ultrasound, after which the boy was admitted. "But he is alright now, after a final checkup he will be discharged within a day or two," Dr Parvez says.