‘All Rinki wanted was to study’
It is banned by court but is a reality in most schools. The ghost of corporal punishment raises its ugly head once again in the Capital, reports Ravi Bajpai.delhi Updated: Mar 28, 2008 02:44 IST
“Sir, why won’t you answer my question? My father pays you money for my education.”
This demand by 15-year-old Rinki Kaushik, a student of Class X, had proved costly for her and she had to pay with her life. Rinki died at Maharaja Agrasen Hospital at about 11.15 pm on Wednesday, after fighting for life for more than three months.
Rinki’s father Naresh Kumar has told the police that all that the girl wanted was to study and the accused teacher, Dheerendra, reportedly insulted her often, said Kumar.
Police said Dheerendra is the son of Upendra, the principal of Dinkar National Model School in Kondli where Rinki studied.
The school has contested that the girl died of an old injury received in an accident.
Rinki’s father has a different story to tell. “Rinki initially took private tuitions from Dheerendra, who taught Mathematics and English for Rs 400. We discontinued the tuition since the teacher was not good,” said Kumar.
Dheerendra was allegedly irked with Rinki ever since. According to the FIR, the teacher often snubbed Rinki during classes. The situation took an ugly turn on November 3, when Dheerendra allegedly insulted the girl again. “Dheerendra asked Rinki to consult her private tuition teacher for a question she had raised during the class. Rinki had replied back saying Dheerendra should answer because she pays the school fees,” said Kumar.
He slapped the girl and hit her with a stick repeatedly, said a police officer. She fell unconscious after she was hit on the head. “Seeing her collapse, Dheerendra asked the other students to go home and the school was closed abruptly. My daughter was locked inside the classroom till she regained consciousness,” said Kumar.
Dheerendra and the school principal then allegedly threatened to ruin the girl’s career if she discussed the incident with anyone.
The girl initially told her parents that she was down with fever. Her condition deteriorated within a week and her parents took her to a private hospital where tests revealed that a vein in her brain was damaged and it had led to a clot.
“We admitted her in Maharaja Agrasen Hospital where she underwent an operation on January 7,” said Kumar. She was in the ICU ever since.
Kumar leased his house to arrange for the money. He lodged a police complaint and even wrote to the education minister and the joint commissioner of police, following which a case was registered in February.