Bengaluru father burns himself after his son failed to get admission in top school
He took the extreme step as he had paid 6 lac rupees to a man called Aditya Bajaj, who runs an institute that gives tutorials to small kids for admissions into prestigious schools.
Like it or not, you would agree that as an Indian parent you also secretly desire that your child goes to the best school in town and if it comes to it, then you would do whatever it takes to see that your child makes to the cutoff list.
But the question arises, what extreme steps would you take to make it happen? And what would you do, if you all your attempts fail?
Well, while many of you would say that it's not the end of the world, you can always try for another school, this Bengaluru dad was not willing to take no for an answer and he did something that would send chills down your spine.
He set himself on fire! Yes, that's right!
All for a school seat...
In an extremely shocking incident, a father of a seven-year-old boy and a software engineer by profession set himself on fire, after his son failed to get admission in the number 1 school in Bengaluru.
Reports say that Ramesh Kumar, 35, took the extreme step as he had paid 6 lac rupees to a man called Aditya Bajaj, who runs an institute that gives tutorials to small kids for admissions into prestigious schools.
However, even after paying the money Ramesh's son did not get a seat and this is when he asked Bajaj to return his hard-earned money. Bajaj only returned 1.5 lac rupees and assured that his son would get a seat next year, come what may.
However, the dejected father of two was not willing to trust the man this time and reached the office of the coaching center carrying a bottle of petrol with him. He then poured petrol all over his clothes and asked Bajaj to pay him his remaining money or he would set himself on fire, say the police.
He then also lit a match to threaten Bajaj, but his clothes caught fire.
Bajaj said that he tried to stop Kumar, but it was too late. The police have booked him under Section 306 (abetment of suicide) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code.
A message for parents...
It's true that children across India are under a lot of pressure to perform and prove their merit so that they can make it to prestigious schools and colleges, which makes sure that they lead a successful life. But does that guarantee success? No, says Google CEO Sundar Pichai.
"One of the great things about India is the tremendous interest in education – both among the students as well as their parents. But I come across cases of children in the eighth grade who start preparing for IIT. I am shocked by this. Our education is still very bookish whereas we need a more all-round development and exposure. There is still a lot of pressure to follow set lanes through our colleges and our careers," he said.
We do agree with Pichai and would say that in these changing times the focus should definitely be on the all-round development of your child and not on which school does your child go to.