Teacher turns murderer
''Spare the rod, spoil the child'' is an old English saying that has long lost its meaning in its country of origin. In India, despite all the brouhaha over child rights and school education reforms, corporal punishment is a practice hard to go.
The latest is the shocking incident in a school in West Bengal where a girl died after she was hit by a duster hurled by an angry teacher.
When the guardians of 10-year-old Babli Ghosh in West Bengal's Andal railway town sent her to school on May 14, they never thought it would be her life's last journey. Schools, her guardians thought, were meant for learning and growing up in the company of peers and caring guidance of teachers, till it proved to be a road to the house of death for this family.
Babli, who was a student of Andal Girls High School, located about 150 km from Kolkata in Burdwan district, died after a teacher angered over her class performance hurled a duster that fatally hit her on the forehead.
After she was hit by the duster, Babli started vomiting in the classroom. Shockingly, the school management did not inform her immediate guardians (she was staying with uncle and aunt for studies in Andal with her parents living in another south Bengal district) until after she had died, around 5pm that evening.
Rekha Bhakat, the teacher who hurled the duster, fled after the incident. The headmistress filed a police complaint in the face of mounting protests.
Text: India Blooms
Image: A file photo of Babli Ghosh (Copyright India Blooms)