Kumar’s children worried about future
This year, 47-year-old Mukesh Kumar was celebrating his silver jubilee as a teacher. But his life was cut short by those he loved the most — his students.
Kumar’s family — his wife, three children and mother — want the harshest punishment for his killers. “Their age should not come in the way of justice,” said Anush, Kumar’s son, who is a student of BA LLB at a private institute in Gurgaon.
“When I saw my husband’s body, I could not believe that children could be so brutal. The knife had pierced his abdomen. He had stab marks on in his chest and neck,” said Neelam Sharma, Kumar’s wife.
She said, on several occasions Kumar mentioned about some students threatening to kill the head of the school.
“One week back, a complaint was sent to the police but no one took action. Had the police or the principal taken action, may be Monday’s incident wouldn’t have taken place,” said Sharma.
Born and brought up at Bahadurgarh in Haryana, he had completed his masters in Hindi from Bahadurgarh College.
With Kumar being the only earning member, the children are worried about their future.
“I hope we get some sort of security from the government as we still have a long way to complete our studies. My younger sister is in Class 12 and she wants to become a doctor. How will we manage now?” said Anush.
Kumar’s eldest daughter is a student of Jamia Millia Islamia. “He had great plans for his children’s future. Now I do not know what will happen,” said Sharma.
Students from his old school came to pay their condolences.
“He taught us for two years and he was one of the best teachers we have ever had,” said Zaid, student of class 12 in a school in Phase 2, Nangloi.
Kumar moved to the Sultanpuri Road school in 2012.
“It was Mukesh sir who had requested the principal to re-register the students who attacked him. He ensured the six-seven trouble-making students were put in different sections. Maybe that is why they were angry,” said Anil, a Class 12 student.