NHRC issues notice to Haryana on child’s death

February 29th, 2012 - 8:41 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 29 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notice to the Haryana government on the death of a child who was allegedly locked up in his school in Kamlea in Karnal district.

Taking a suo motu cognizance of the incident, the commission has issued notice to the Karnal police chief and the principal secretary of the state education department asking them to respond within four weeks.

“According to the media reports, the six-year-old child was locked up in a dark room in the school to reprimand him for his negligence Dec 27, 2011,” an NHRC press release said.

When he did not reach home, the family went to the school and found him unconscious in the room.

Following the incident, the boy stopped eating properly and had to be admitted to a hospital. After he showed signs of recovery, he was discharged from the hospital and thereafter he was sent back to the school.

“Things were fine till he attended the class of the teacher who had allegedly punished him earlier. The boy fainted and had to be hospitalized. He was discharged on the 11th February, 2012 and passed away the next day,” said the release.

Based on the assurance given by the village panchayat for a truce between the parents of the boy and the school authorities, the family cremated the child without any autopsy being carried out

The bereaved family reported the matter to the local police Feb 20, alleging that the private English medium school had caused the death of their child.

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