Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Rajeev Chandrasekhar, taking cognizance of the death of seven-year-old Ghazal Yadav following a karate tournament at DPS World School in Noida Extension on January 31, asked the police to expedite the investigation.
Expressing concern over Ghazal’s death, the Rajya Sabha MP wrote to the superintendent of police (rural) of the district, Sujata Singh, to speed up the investigation.
Chandrasekhar also raised concerns about the safety of children in educational institutions. He said that negligence of the school authorities should be investigated in a proper, fair and impartial manner and those responsible should be held accountable for the girl’s death.
Chandrasekhar intervened in the matter after residents of Stellar Jeevan society, where Ghazal lived with her parents, approached him on a social networking site. The MP also sent members from his office to meet the girl’s parents.
Chandrasekhar also apprised Union minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, of the issue. He urged Javadekar to take an interest as the alleged crime took place within the school premises and ensure that justice is served.
In his letter to the HRD minister, Chandrasekhar said, “I consider issues relating to safety of children as deeply important and also the crimes committed upon them. The parents, who are devastated by the untimely death, have approached me to ensure justice for their deceased child.”
Supporting the struggle of parents for justice, Chandrasekhar also mentioned, “Safety of our children and their welfare is our primary duty.”
However, the SP (rural) Gautam Budh Nagar, Sujata Singh, denied having received a letter from Rajeev Chandrasekhar. She said, “A case has already been registered and action will be taken against the guilty. But I have not received any letter from any parliamentarian.”
Ghazal’s parents had alleged that the events of the day indicate that it was an unnatural death and that the school management is complicit in covering-up the real reason for the death.
However, the school administration has repeatedly refuted the claims and maintained that the girl had complained of a severe headache and was taken to Kailash Hospital in Greater Noida where she died.