Rajouri : A class ninth student of Government Higher Secondary School Sunderbani here has seriously fractured his leg in road accident, when the school authorities sent him to buy bakery for the staff from a nearby market during the working hours.
Instead of being taught in the classroom, Karan Kumar son of Ram Ji Das of Ward No 3 Sunderbani was hit by a bike on November 10, when during the school hours he was forced to go out to buy Kulchas for the teachers.
Witnessed said the poor boy fell in a pool of blood and was subsequently rushed to sub district hospital by the bystanders. But finding the injuries serious, the doctors referred him to Jammu for specialized treatment.
The student continues to be hospitalized in the winter capital since, while doctors are apprehensive of his leg getting “fully normal in future.”
Narrating his woeful tale the bed-ridden student said it was a routine at his school that the staff makes students forcibly do their “domestic chores.”
“We are often forced to go to the market for one task or the other and any student who resists is beaten to pulp,” Karan told Early Times, while wreathing in pain.
His parents said they had been sending their ward for education to the school but that the school authorities have been exploiting him as a “domestic help.” “The school teachers don’t even know that child labor is a crime,” the parents said.
A delegation of annoyed parents said have a question for the Education Minister Syed Altaf Bukhari. “Do we send our kids to school for education or for labor?” the parents said.
The Chief Education Officer Rajouri said the matter would be looked into.
Meanwhile the locals have appealed the District Commissioner Dr Shahid Chowdhary to file a criminal case against the school authorities.