Shocking! Delhi boy dies after he is badly beaten by his own classmates
Even as Prince's younger brother tried to intervene and save him, the bullies continued to beat him black and blue!
Just months after the news of the alleged murder of 7-year-old Pradhuman Thakur hit the headlines, another shocker comes from the capital city. Only this time those responsible for the horrific crime are the boy's own classmates.
Yes, that's correct.
A student of Class VII of Saraswati Gyan Public School in Karawal Nagar, Prince reportedly got into a fight with four of his classmates who were olden than him. However, instead of solving the issue maturely, they pinned him down and continued to kick his abdomen for 15 minutes.
The boys only stopped when the Principal who was to take their class intervened to stop the scuffle. Prince was then rushed to a nearby hospital in Loni, Ghaziabad, where he was declared 'brought dead'.
School at fault too?
DCP (northeast) Ajit K Singla, told a daily, "We have registered a case of culpable homicide and detained one of the teenagers who had pushed the boy against a desk. We are also probing whether he was hit with something that led to his death."
The police also shared with the daily that the school did not inform the parents or the police immediately and rushed the boy to a hospital in UP. They tried to hush the matter by bypassing Delhi Police, since the local Loni hospital was not going to alert the Delhi Police officials.
In fact, the police came to know about the 'mysterious death' of the boy only at 1pm and initial reports found no visible marks on his body except fractured ribs.
However, the police found did manage to find out the exact cause of the scuffle.
"The students present there said in their statements that the deceased had reportedly called the accused student 'fat'. This led to an altercation and the other student banged Awadesh's head on the classroom wall," an official told a daily.
Prince was a victim of constant school bullying!
When Prince's father Arvind was informed about the death of his son, he shared that his son had been constantly bullied by his classmates for the past six months.
"The principal had assured us that he would take action, but nothing was done. We came to know that the youths had threatened my son for complaining to the principal on Tuesday. They warned to teach him a lesson," shared the distraught father.
Incidentally, Prince's younger brother aged 12 (who studies in Class VI) was also present during the altercation and shared some graphic details.
He said that his brother was being brutally thrashed and when he tried to intervene, one of the boys blocked his way and didn't allow him to help his brother.
This unfortunately incident has once again brought to light the menace of school bullying in India.
School bullying in India
Our experts suggest that bullying is a repetitive abuse exercised by kids with behavioural problems.
We spoke to Kamna Yadav, clinical psychologist at ePsyClinic.com, Delhi, about school bullying and she explained, "It is repeated over time and can take many forms such as verbal bullying (teasing, name-calling), physical bullying (hitting or punching), sexual bullying (vulgar gestures, uninvited touching, sexual propositions) emotional bullying (hurtful gestures, exclusion from the group or class) and cyber-bullying (negative messages via e-mail or text messaging).”
She also lists the four major behavioral characteristics associated with bullying, as stated previously:
- Intentional: Children can hurt other children by accident; but school bullying is always intentional and meant to cause some sort of harm, either physical or verbal. This behaviour persists even after the victim has asked the bully to stop.
- Repetitive: School bullying occurs repeatedly as seen in many cases. Bullies often target children who they know will not do anything about the behaviour, so they can continue this act for as long as they like.
- Hurtful: Bullying is a negative behaviour that may include physical or verbal harm. It can also greatly affect the psychology of the one who may be bullied.
- Imbalance of power: If two children hold an equal amount of power, one cannot bully the other. This imbalance of power can come from different sources, including age, size, strength, and social status.
So if parents come across cases where their kids are being bullied, here's what they must do:
- Parents and teachers should consider bullying as a contributory factor when children present repeatedly with sore throats, colds and coughs, nausea, appetite problems, or are worried about going to school.
- Be empathetic towards children and ensure that children who are bullied receive the counseling support they need at the right time.
- Parents should strengthen their communication with children so that bullying comes up in conversations, especially when children are younger. They should feel comfortable telling about their fears and these conversations can be a part of a broader conversation about respecting other people’s opinions and differences.