Noida: A Facebook campaign #justiceforgazhal was launched on Sunday by the parents of seven-year-old Ghazal Yadav, a Class 2 student who allegedly died of injuries received during a karate competition at DPS World School in Greater Noida, where she studied.
The campaign, with support from residents of Stellar Jeevan Society, was launched to garner support from various quarters for initiation of action against the school management, who allegedly caused delay in providing treatment to the girl.
Although a case of negligence has been registered against the school at Ecotech-3 police station in Greater Noida, Ghazal’s parents allege that strict action has not been taken in the matter.
Ghazal died on January 31, soon after participating in a karate competition in the school. Since then, her family has been demanding the sequence of events that led to her death.
Ghazal’s parents claimed that they have seen a CCTV footage in which Ghazal was seen running after teachers and no one allegedly paying attention to her.
“She was hurt during the karate event and had started complaining of headache. But the teachers kept her waiting for a photo session and didn’t rush her to a hospital. The case is not being investigated thoroughly,” said Lal Chand Yadav, father of the girl.
The Facebook campaign garnered wide support, and residents of other housing societies as well came forward to help the girl’s parents. The matter was subsequently reported to Gautam Budh Nagar district magistrate NP Singh.
“We have lost a young girl from our society and it is our duty to back her parents. Since the child’s death, the school management has been changing statements every now and then. We wanted a clear reason, but they are using their influence with us,” said Anirudh Sharma, a resident.
NP Singh reportedly has referred the matter to Sujata Singh, superintendent of police (rural), Gautam Budh Nagar, who assured that there would be no delay in action and the case will be investigated thoroughly.
“I have summoned the girl’s parents and members from the school management. Their statements will be recorded and swift action will be ensured,” she said.
Meanwhile, Ghazal’s parents have also written a letter to the Union Human Resource Development minister seeking his attention in the matter.
In the letter, Yadav mentioned that on January 31, he rushed to the hospital but was told by doctors that his daughter has died. He alleged that the school management manipulated him in to signing a document on the pretext of handing over the body of the child.
“I discovered later that the document prevented us from conducting a postmortem on our daughter’s body. It further stopped us from pressing legal charges against the school,” Yadav said in his letter to the HRD minister.
DPS World School principal Jyoti Arora was unavailable for comment.