Mother fighting for justice for her daughter

A woman has been seeking justice for her nine-year old girl who lost vision in one eye after allegedly being punished by her school teacher.

Jaipur: A woman here has been seeking justice for the last two years for her nine-year old girl who lost vision in one eye after allegedly being punished by her school teacher.

The girl who is unable to continue her studies and carry out normal activities a kid does is hospitalised in Delhi Cantt for the last several months for survival of vision in her other eye which was also affected after damage to her left eye.

Piya was studying in class I when a teacher of Tagore Public School in Jhunjhunu district allegedly punished her for not completing the homework.

"The teacher beat Piya and she received injuries in her left eye but despite that the school did not inform us on time. We took her to hospital where doctors diagnosed severe injuries and recommended operation", Sonu Chaudhary, the mother of the girl said.

"Eight operations have been performed so far but the vision has been completely lost. Now the pressure is on her right eye and she is hospitalised since September last year in Delhi where doctors are trying to save the vision in her second eye," she said.

"I met the CM several times demanding justice for my daughter. He assured me justice and help but no action against the school was taken. We have spent around Rs 12 lakh on treatment of the girl," she said.

Chaudhary informed that as interim relief, the government gave Rs 25,000 and later Rs one lakh from the CM`s relief fund last year but after that there no help.
The father of the girl is a Hawaldar in the Army.
"My family is disturbed mentally and financially. I had to quit my job to look after Piya who most of the time remains hospitalised. She is unable to study, move freely or play and her future has also been ruined but we have no help", she said.

"With this situation, I am left with no other option but to begin a dharna to raise my voice. I will sit on dharna in front of Chief Minister`s residence if justice is not done to my daughter by July three", she said.

She had filed an FIR against the school authorities in a local police station of Jhunjhunu after the incident occurred.

"Exemplary action should be taken against the school so that the future of other kids is not ruined", she said.

District Education Officer (Jhunjhunu) Deepchand Panwar said that the then DEO had recommended cancellation of the school`s affiliation.

"The recommendation could not be implemented because the matter is sub-judice now and any decision in this regard will be taken only after the court`s decision", he said.

On the other hand, Principal of the school, Mahesh Bisu, said that the charge was baseless.

"The girl was not punished and the charge is baseless. We do not know how the girl received injury and we came to know about it after four-five days of the alleged incident through police", he said.

"The woman is demanding a compensation of Rs. 25 lakh but how the school management can give it when no such incident occurred in our school", asserted Bisu.

Santosh Ahelawat, who runs the school, declined to comment on the issue.


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