Press Esc to close
Friday 29 July 2016
News updated at 11:15 AM IST
Weather
Max: 27.6°C
Min : 19.4°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Principal arrested after student's death

Kolkata, Sep 12, 2013, DHNS:

Parents attribute Kolkata girl's death to trauma and ragging by

Agitated by the death of a schoolgirl, parents protest at the Christ Church school building in the Dumdum area of North 24 Parganas district, West Bengal on Thursday. PTI

The principal of Christ Church Girls’ School was on Thursday arrested in connection with the death of Oindrilla Das (11), a class V student, which triggered violent agitation by angry guardians and locals who ransacked the institution.

The agitation continued for almost eight hours, culminating in the resignation of the principal, Helen Sarkar. She was arrested for negligence of duty. An irate mob ransacked the school after news of the girl’s death spread.

While agitators demanded punitive action against those responsible for Oindrilla’s death, her parents alleged that she was ragged by some class IX students. Family members said Oindrilla was traumatised after some seniors locked her in a toilet after school hours, demanding money, last week.

After a sweeper rescued her, Oindrilla went into a state of shock. She was admitted to a nursing home where she died late on Wednesday.

The situation took a turn for the worse when the principal refused to meet the guardians on Thursday and denied any knowledge of the incident.

Some teachers, however, said Sarkar did not pay any heed to the incident despite being informed. Her public apology on Thursday failed to assuage the agitators. “We are really sorry for the child’s death. We will take necessary action,” she spoke into a megaphone, reportedly under instructions from the police. She was arrested later.

The agitating guardians raised a host of complaints against school authorities. State Education Minister Bratya Basu, who ordered an investigation into the incident, said: “We don’t want to interfere because it’s a private school, the law will take its own course.” Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called up Oindrilla’s mother Rekha.

“I spoke to her. She promised to look into the matter,” Rekha said. The girl’s father, Jayanta, said: “My daughter has died, but hopefully this tragedy will ensure that thousands of children are spared of such torture in the future.”


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand sculpture of tiger with message...

Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand sculpture of tiger with message...

Amitabh Bachchan at the World Hepatitis Day 2016 event...

Amitabh Bachchan at the World Hepatitis Day 2016 event...

Jayalalithaa presents a primary membership card to a newly joined party worker...

Jayalalithaa presents a primary membership card to a newly joined party worker...

Locals try to douse a car godown that caught fire at Panagarh in Burdwan district of West Bengal...

Locals try to douse a car godown that caught fire at Panagarh in Burdwan district of West Bengal...

A policeman fires teargas shell to disperse protesters during a clash in Srinagar...

A policeman fires teargas shell to disperse protesters during a clash in Srinagar...

School students take part in an awareness event on the eve of International Tiger Day...

School students take part in an awareness event on the eve of International Tiger Day...

A demonstrator holds a placard during a protest organised by a Muslim minority forum...

A demonstrator holds a placard during a protest organised by a Muslim minority forum...

Cattle move through flood water at Dhekiabari Village in Kamrup district of Assam...

Cattle move through flood water at Dhekiabari Village in Kamrup district of Assam...

RJD Chief Lalu Prasad looking at his waterlogged residence after a press conference in Patna...

RJD Chief Lalu Prasad looking at his waterlogged residence after a press conference in Patna...

Villagers move to safe place in a boat from the flooded Panikhiti area in Kamrup district of Assam..

Villagers move to safe place in a boat from the flooded Panikhiti area in Kamrup district of Assam..

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523