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High Court issues notice to Delhi government on death of class 6 student

The Delhi High Court has issued notice to the Delhi government and other authorities over the death of a Class 6 student, who died after he was beaten by his seniors in school in January this year.

The order was passed by the single-judge Bench of Justice Subramonium Prasad on a petition filed by the father of the deceased victim.

The High Court directed the Delhi government to file a status report in the matter within three weeks.

The incident pertained to the death of a Class 6 student of a Government School at Shastri Nagar, after allegedly being beaten up by his seniors.

The petition was moved by Rahul, father of the 13-year-old boy, seeking action against Deep Chand Bandhu Hospital, a doctor, and other authorities.

The petitioner further sought direction for investigation and appointment of a committee headed by a retired High Court judge.

On January 11, 2024, the petitioner’s son was reportedly beaten up by some senior students of the school, where he suffered grave injuries. The school allegedly did not take any action in the incident.

The plea further submitted that the petitioner’s son was denied treatment at Deep Chand Bandhu Hospital due to the unavailability of doctors and facilities in the Hospital, thus violating the fundamental right of the health of the petitioner.

It further alleged that the doctor attending the petitioner’s son recommended him to visit a private clinic. It said following the mala fide acts of the respondent, the petitioner filed complaints before various authorities and also filed a complaint at Sarai Rohilla Police Station.

On February 12, 2024, the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) directed the school to submit an action-taken report.

Despite the said direction, the Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya Lalita Block Shastri Nagar failed to implement the order and did not submit any action taken report.

The plea said the petitioner’s son passed away on January 20 due to lack of timely proper treatment. The death of the petitioner’s son was only due to the insufficient facilities and unavailability of doctors in the Hospital and the way the Respondent School was managed, it added.

The petitioner was represented by advocates Tanishq Sirohi, Sahil Sood and Shruti Shivkumar.

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