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A child's safety in school is usually the responsibility of the school. Once he leaves the premises of his home and enters the school bus, it's the authorities responsibility to care for the kid.
But it seems this responsibility is often taken too lightly. Case in point is a sad news that comes from Patiala where a 5-year-old boy was crushed by a school bus while it was reversing.
Prabhjot Singh, 5, a kindergarten school student was reportedly crushed under his school bus just outside the school gates. The fateful incident took place at 9.15 am when the bus of his school, SM International School, Friends Colony, near the Patiala-Rajpura road, starting to disembark the students.
Reportedly Singh was standing behind the bus, when the driver in an alleged attempt to park hastily crushed the boy under its wheels. The bus also had a female attendant apart from the driver, both of whom failed to notice the kid standing behind the bus.
Soon after, the boy was rushed to a nearby private hospital and his parents were also informed.
Dr J S Sra, medical superintendent at the hospital spoke to Hindustan Times and shared, "The boy was in a critical condition when he was brought to the hospital. He did not have any head injury but had received severe injuries on the chest following which a chest tube was inserted."
Sadly, the boy could not fight back and succumbed to the grievous injuries and died by 4pm.
On hearing the news of his death, his father Iqbal Singh, a photographer, reportedly collapsed in the hospital and so did his mother for the same reason.
Naturally, it is a very tough time for the parents who were in no position to share the ordeal with the media. However, a relative of the family, one Raj Kumar demanded that a complaint be filed against the school owner. "If that does not happen, we will hold protest,” he told the media.
The family has for the time being filed a complaint against the school management as well as the driver and a magisterial probe has also been ordered.
Not surprisingly, the school bus was not following what the Haryana Government calls 'Surakshit school Vahan policy,' and did not even have a first-aid kit on board.
As per norms laid down by the Haryana Government, the 'Surakshit School Vahan Policy' lists a series of safety norms "with the objective of making school children safe while at and during travel to and from the school."
A few primary measures you must know about are (as stated in the government document):
Read: Safety first: Helmets for kids above four years soon to be compulsory in India
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