Victim of corporal punishment dies of cancer

In a tragic story, 9- year-old Piya Chaudhary, a victim of corporal punishment, lost her battle for life on Friday night. She was cremated on Saturday at  Jhunjhunu. 

Then seven years old, a student of first standard, Piya was subjected to corporal punishment for not completing home work in July 2010 by a teacher of Tagore Public School in Jhunjhunu district, Rajasthan,  with a copy which hit her left eye, causing permanent damage.

The wound in her eye developed into a cancerous tumour (Lymphona) due to severe clotting and she was advised to undergo an operation. 

However, after the operation, Piya lost weight and the doctors had advised her to stay indoors as there was very less chances of recovery.

Piya had quit her studies after the incident. The school had been denying any wrongdoing.
 In July 2012, she got some relief after the Rajasthan High Court pulled up the State Child Rights Commission and school authorities on the issue.

After the High Court intervention, the school authorities tendered an apology and paid Piya’s family Rs 15 lakh in compensation.

After the school’s admission of guilt, Piya’s mother had withdrawn the case against the school.

Piya’s mother Sonu had been waging a battle on two fronts, justice for her daughter while getting her treated in various hospitals including All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

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