Students on Facebook: Aakriti must get justice

April 23rd, 2009 - 8:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Facebook New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) Students across India have been pouring out their anger and horror over the death of Delhi girl Aakriti Bhatia on social networking site Facebook, with those who knew her saying she was “full of life and laughter” and others saying she would get justice.
Her peers along with other students have formed a Facebook community, “In loving memory of Aakriti Bhatia”, after the Modern School Vasant Vihar student died of an asthma attack suffered during school hours. The community - created the same day - had 1,016 members and 118 wall posts at last count.

“Aakriti was my brother’s best friend and losing her is a loss which none of her friends or family can cope with. Whatever little I knew (of) her, I knew she was a beautiful girl, full of life and laughter,” Urvashi Chugh, a student of Modern School, wrote.

Tanya Anand, another member of the group, wrote: “Aakriti, even though I don’t know you, I still hope wherever you are, you are happy.”

Aakriti, a Class 12 student, had suffered an asthma attack in school Monday and died on the way to hospital. Her parents have accused the school of delaying medical attention to Aakriti.

Students and parents in large number Thursday held protests outside the school demanding principal Goldy Malhotra’s resignation. However, the institution has denied the charge.

“Aakriti you will be dearly missed sweetie. Just hope wherever you are, you are fine. Your friends are making their best effort to get justice for you. Nobody will rest till Goldy pays for what her negligence has resulted in. Rest in Peace. Lots of love,” Chugh added.

Sneha Sareen, another student, wrote: “May your soul rest in peace, your friends are fighting for you. You will surely get justice. Goldy will be made to resign.”

“It’s a horrible reaction of the principal that she is concerned about the school’s reputation and not about the poor girl. Aakriti, you will surely get justice,” wrote Kirti Saxena.

Jass Batra, a member of the group, also criticised the principal: “God bless Aakriti’s soul. Goldie should be made to resign and should stop giving attitude to Aakriti’s parents. She is not worth the post of principal.”

That students of other schools have also been deeply affected by the incident was also evident from the fact that many of them turned up to protest against the school authorities Thursday.

Among the protestors were children of Don Bosco, Delhi Public School, Birla Vidya Niketan, G.D. Goenka and Summerfield. They also held a candle light vigil Wednesday.

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