After a five-year-old schoolgirl was crushed to death by a pick-up as she stood waiting for an autorickshaw on Saturday, parents of other children are now scared of sending their children to the road at Sector 45 where the accident took place.
A number of students from nearby localities board vehicles from the accident spot to reach their schools.
The residents of Udayanagar in Kanhai village in Sector 45 were in grief as the word of the five-year-old’s death reached them.
The area is home to settlers from Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. The women mostly work as maids in nearby houses and the males are mostly employed as security guards, gardeners and drivers. On most days, they are unable to drop their children off to school. The children usually travel together and take autorickshaws to reach school.
The family came to settle in Gurgaon in the hope of a better living for their children and future generations, said a resident as he stood at the door of Shyambul Dev Sinha’s house on Saturday. Shyambul has been inconsolable since losing his daughter.
His wife and the five-year-old’s mother, Shobha, was unable to utter a word as she went into a state of shock since getting word of her daughter’s death in morning, her neighbours said. Their older son, who is six years old, was also not in a condition to speak as he was witness to the horrific incident.
“We send our children in autos to their schools and at around noon, the auto drivers drop them off on the road from where they walk home. This has become a routine. After this incident, however, we don’t know if we will ever be able to let our kids boards autos from that spot again,” Phulbati, a resident of Sector 45 and a native of Bihar, said.
Priya Kumari, an eight-year-old girl who travels to school with other children in her neighbourhood, said is too scared to board an auto from the spot since getting word of the accident. “We used to play and travel together (to school). However, now I am too afraid to go to that spot alone,” Priya, a student of Maharishi Dayanand Model Primary School, said.
Another resident, Manju Devi, whose children study in DPS Sector 45, said, “We are working hard to provide better education to our children. However, we are so caught up in making a living here that we are not even able to make ourselves available for them.”