Students hold candlelight march for Akkriti

April 24th, 2009 - 9:17 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Around 100 people, mostly students of Modern School, held a candlelight march Friday evening seeking justice for Akkriti Bhatia, who died after suffering an asthma attack in her school Monday.
The students dressed in black T-shirts and holding placards and posters reading “We want justice for Akkriti and punishment for Goldy Malhotra” and “Safe schools for children” walked from Akkriti’s residence at 5 p.m for a brief distance.

Akkriti, a Class 12 student of Modern School Vasant Vihar, Monday suffered an asthma attack in her school and died while she was being taken to hospital.

Akkritis’s parents are holding the school authorities responsible for her death and are seeking principal Goldy Malhotra’s resignation.

The marchers also carried a life-size portrait of Akkriti and wore a badge on their chest reading “Justice for Akkriti Bhatia. Today she needs our help - wake, look around and show your support”. They also shouted slogans against the school authorities and demanded the principal’s resignation.

“We will get justice only after the arrest of principal Goldy Malhotra. She is a murderer,” said Akkriti’s father, Vipin Bhatia.

Arsh Singh, Akkriti’s schoolmate, said: “We have gathered here to bring justice to Akkriti. Our principal is responsible for her death and we want her to resign”.

Slamming the school authorities, Harish Rawat, a dance teacher in the school said: “The school takes a large amount of money as medical fee and do not even have basic facilities to provide medical aid in case of an emergency”.

Women and Child Development minister Renuka Chowdhury also drove down to Akkriti’s 29, Siri Fort Road residence to meet her parents.

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