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Lucknow: Parents stage protest, raise concern over children’s safety

Protest lasts for many hours, ends after cops assure appropriate action against school management.

lucknow Updated: Jan 19, 2018 14:23 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Protest,Lucknow,Uttar Pradesh
The school management addressing parents and assuring them of children’s safety on the campus.(HT)

Angry over the stabbing incident and concerned over children’s safety on the campus, hundreds of parents gathered outside Brightland School here on Thursday and shouted slogans against the school management, accusing them of negligence.

  • Some parents even alleged that the police were favouring the suspect girl and registering FIR under minor charges.
  • In the incident, the FIR was registered under IPC sections 324 for voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means and 325 for voluntarily causing grievous hurt.
  • However, some parents stated why police did not include Section 307 of the IPC for attempt to murder.

The protest lasted for many hours and ended after the police’s assurance that appropriate action would be taken against the management.

The parents started gathering at the school since morning, but slogan shouting started when the school got over for the day. In retaliation, some students of senior classes started shouting slogans in favour of the school. At this, parents accused the school administration of “using students in their favour.”

Reena Manas, director, Brightland School, later addressed the parents and assured them of their children’s safety on the school campus. She said the school management was cooperating with the police in the investigation.

She said after the incident, the injured boy was immediately rushed to the hospital only because of the school staff’s alertness. The suspect girl was also identified immediately by the management, added Reena Manas.

The director said the school management would increase the number of close circuit television cameras on the premises. Though cameras were installed at multiple places in the school, more would be installed at other places that were so far not under video surveillance, she emphasised.

Kamlesh Rajput, a parent, said his two children were studying in this school and he was scared after reading the entire episode in newspapers on Thursday morning. He said he could not stop himself from visiting the institution.

Another parent Anil Kumar said the school’s theory that a Class 7 girl stabbed the Class 1 boy just because of getting the school closed did not seem to be very genuine. He said the school administration was hiding some facts.

First Published: Jan 19, 2018 14:20 IST