Assault on school director: School takes U-turn, strikes compromise with accused parent

  • Neha Arora, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Apr 28, 2015 23:50 IST

After hitting the headlines and creating a lot of furore on the social media, the case involving assault on the Mayor World School director by a student’s mother took a U-turn with the school management on Tuesday reaching a compromise with the accused parent, in a complete departure from its previous stance.

Earlier, the school management had sought registering of section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Taranjit Kaur Hundal, the wife of city-based lawyer KS Hundal, for attacking school director Jyoti Nagranee in the latter’s office on April 20 over the confiscation of the mobile phone of Hundal’s daughter, a Class-11 student, during the school hours.

It has been learnt that the compromise betwwen the two parties has come in the wake of the fact that the lawyers’ lobby had learnt about certain discrepancies in the working of the school in following the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) guidelines.

Moreover, various city-based CBSE-affiliated schools were scared of legal complications they would have to face in case they had gone ahead with the demand for a police case.

Looking at the seriousness of the issue, education minister Daljit Singh Cheema visited the school to meet the management and promised to take up the matter with deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. He strongly condemned the incident and even termed it as a shame on the state.

Sources said the student’s father Advocate KS Hundal tried to intimidate the school management and other CBSE-affiliated schools saying that he would fight a legal battle against them if they went ahead with their demand for seeking strict legal action against his wife.

BIS Kahlon, assistant commissioner of police (ACP), Model Town, confirmed that the two parties had reached a compromise.

“The accused parent admitted that it was an unfortunate incident. The student’s parents felt sorry for the act in front of the staff of the school and CBSE-affiliated schools’ association members,” Kahlon said.

He said the school authorities also handed over school-leaving certificates of the girl student and her sibling who also studies in Class 9 at the school.

Anil Chopra, president of the association, said the case would be withdrawn against the accused parent as she along with her husband has apologised in front of the entire school staff.

Rajesh Mayor, chairman, Mayor World School, said they were approached by lawyers and police officials.

“With the consent of the association and our school director, we decided to settle the case. They (parents) were ready to apologise both in person and in written. They came to the school and we accepted their apology,” Mayor said.

Denying any pressure, he said it was a request through the bar association members and parents.

After repeated attempts, KS Hundal was not available for comments.

How it happened

On April 20, the school management confiscated mobile phone of a Class 11 girl student. The student’s mother Taranjit Kaur came to the school sought the mobile phone back.

Later, she asked the school management to issue a letter, stating the phone was confiscated. After having to wait for over 45 minutes, she barged into the director’s office and assaulted the latter. The entire episode was captured in a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera installed in the office.

On April 22, the police lodged an FIR against Taranjit Kaur under section 451 of the IPC. Following pressure, the police booked Kaur under section 452 of the IPC. The school demanded that section 307 of the IPC also be added to the FIR.

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