A seven-year-old boy, who lost sight his left eye after a scuffle at school, will now have to prove the same to the high court because the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has alleged that he is faking.
The Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked the dean of JJ Hospital, Dr TP Lahane, to examine Sohail Khan and submit a report by August 2 on whether he has lost sight in his left eye permanently.
Sohail, a student of New Sion Urdu School, was accidentally jabbed by a pencil in his left eye by a classmate on January 15.
Sohail’s mother Sherbano (32) filed a public interest litigation alleging that he lost his eyesight because of the teacher did not provide treatment on time.
Sherbano’s counsel, Bhavesh Parmar, argued, “Despite Sion hospital being next to the school, Sohail was not taken there but made to sit in the school for more than an hour.”
Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice V.K. Tahilramani asked the BMC if it was willing to grant compensation to Khan “as a gesture of goodwill”, but the BMC counsel, Suresh Pakale, refused saying it was not a case of negligence by the teacher.
Pakale added, the boy had not lost his eyesight and it could be rectified after surgery.
Co-petitioner Shakeel Ahmed, convenor of NGO Parivartan Shikshan Sanstha said Sohail has undergone two surgeries but his eyesight has not been restored.
Sherbano got the first surgery done at KEM hospital, but she was not sure of the treatment at the civic hospital, so she collected donations and got another done at Hinduja, added Ahmed.
Doctors at Hinduja told Sherbano that her son would have to undergo further surgeries until he is 14, but they were not sure that his eyesight would be restored.