On 29th october, Vijaya Hiremath, class 4th student lost his life . In a press meet, the parents have alleged that the hostel warden of Dayashankar Chatralaya as the main reason for the death of their child.
The parents said that their child was beaten by the warden, for the hostel payment related issues. The parents are supported by the committee named Akhila Karnataka Jangama Kshemabhivrudhi Sangha. They have demanded for a detailed probe into the matter, compensation and action against Shravana Kumara, the warden of the hostel.
In a press release by the Seva Bharati, the trust that runs the hostel, said that the allegations made by the parents are false. Instead it has accused the boy’s father of blackmailing the institution. The press release says that the father had demanded 40000 rupees and warned the trust that he will file a legal case against them and go to Media.
Seva Bharati is the trust that runs the Dayashankar chatralaya in Hangal. It is affiliated with RSS.
According to a news report in The Hindu, Mrityunjaya Hiremath, the boy’s father said that “my son was beaten for the payment related issues and was mentally harassed. When I asked the hostel’s official to take my son home for recovering his health, I was denied saying he would be treated in the hostel itself. After his condition did not improve, he was admitted to kIMS hospital in Hubbali. When situation got worse, we brought him to Vani Vilas Hospital in Bangalore, where the doctors could not save him.
The warden is the reason for my son’s death. I want an immediate action against him and compensation for my son’s death.” Sujata, the mother of the boy who is blind by birth says “I lost my only son who was like my sight. I need justice for my son’s death.”
Bangaresh Hiremath, leader of the committee that supported the parents said that he had spoken to the doctors who regularly conducted the medical check-up of the students and that the doctors also hid the information about the ill treatment of the boy. He said that, as the hostel was run by Seva Bharati they were trying to cover up the issue. He demanded that a murder case be filed against the warden and proper compensation to the boy’s family.
The secretary of Seva Bharati Trust, Govardhan Rao denied all allegations and said that the boy suffered with health issues relating to improper digestion from the beginning. As a sign of humanity they helped the parents take the child to Bangalore for further treatment. He said that the child died because of his health issues, but the warden is unnecessarily being blamed for it.
With inputs from Prajavani and The Hindu.