· Suyash Karangutkar.
Kolkata/Mumbai: As the final stage of trial for the 16th December Gang rape case began inside the Saket High Court, another case of cruelty popped up from Kolkata.
In this latest example of cruelty against females, an Eleven year old school going girl took her last breathes as she dizzied down in her school. The girl who was rushed to Apollo Hospital by the school management was declared dead on arrival.
Ondrilla Das – an 11-year-old girl and a class 5 student was ragged by her seniors eight days before her death. “The girl was asked to bring 100 rupees and when she did not get it the boys locked her in the school bathroom,” said the Police officials investigating this case. The girl who was rescued by a school sweeper five hours later went into trauma. Her parents took her to a doctor who referred her to a psychiatrist.
The psychiatrist, her parents say, injected her some sleeping dose which the eleven year old girl couldn’t bear and fell unconscious while in school.
Soon after this incident came into limelight, angry guardians barged inside Christ Church High School at Dum Dum in the outskirts of the city. Angry protestors damaged the school property and vandalized the principal’s cabin.
Principal Helen Sarkar who soon addressed the angry crowd appealed the crowd to keep calm and assured of strict actions against the seniors involved in the crime. When asked about her inactions, she said that the girl did not complaint about any such crime. The girl’s parents have rubbished the girl’s word.
The principal who resigned after the mounting pressure was arrested by the local police on the charges of negligence. The principal is currently in judicial custody.
West Bengal’s Education Minister Bratya Basu has called the incident ‘unfortunate’ and has asked for preliminary reports while Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee met the victim’s mother Rekha Das, consoled and assured her that she would look into the case.
Commenting on the issue Ayan Basu an Author told News-o-Holic that we need to go back to the root cause of this entire problem first, bringing laws and forcing it on others will increase the crime not reduce it.
According to a Supreme Court judgement, every school must have an Anti-ragging Committee and an Anti-Ragging Squad to deal with such cases.
Santanu Das, the girl’s father told the Zee Media bureau that he has lost his daughter but at least her death will help save many other girls from the menace of ragging.