One thing that can break any parent is the loss of their child. And, think about the pain when you have to fight against the powerful authorities to seek justice for your kid’s death.
On Wednesday morning, Anurag Bhardwaj, a class 4 student, was on his way to school when he stuck out his head from the school bus window after feeling suffocated. Within a few seconds, when the driver took a sudden turn, a 10-year-old boy’s head rammed against the nearby pole and he died of injuries on the spot. He was from Dayawati Modi Public School, Modinagar.
Recently, a video has emerged in which the Sub Divisional Magistrate of Modinagar, identified as Shubhangi Shukla, is seen screaming at the grieving mother, who is sitting at the protest against the school authorities.
“Bass Chup Kar!” (Shut up!) shouts Ms. Shukla while pointing her finger at wailing Neha, Anurag’s mother. In the video, you can see how SDM yells at her insensitively, asking, “why don’t you understand anything?”
The family of a 10-year-old has accused the school of negligence. The family has complained to the school about how buses were crammed with students and lacked a supervisor. The concerned bus did not even have a proper fitness certificate. Reportedly, an FIR under murder and criminal conspiracy has been registered against the school authorities, the bus driver, and the co-driver.
Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, has stepped into the matter and has sought a report from the district magistrate. Additionally, he has also ordered safety checks on the buses to ensure that action is taken against the guilty.
It is heartbreaking how authorities lack the basic empathy to feel the pain of this grieving mother. It’s high time that we hold authorities responsible for their abuse of power or lack of empathy towards the general public it is expected to serve. Do let us know what you think!