Six-grader commits suicide in Faisalabad

Saturday, May 19th, 2012 10:46:04 by

In what appeared to be a shocking state of affairs, a sixth grade student committed suicide after he was allegedly abused by his teacher at a government school in Faisalabad.

Eleven-year-old Muhammad Umar, a student of the MC High School Yaseen Abad, burnt himself to death after he was reportedly tortured at the hands of his teacher, Masood Siddiqui.

The teacher asked the student to bring his father to the school if he wanted to attend classes but Umar’s father, Khalid, declined to accompany him to school.

Sprinkling kerosene oil over his body, the schoolboy set himself on fire in front of his school, mocking our educational system. Although he was rushed to the Allied Hospital Faisalabad, he succumbed to injuries.

According to Dr Nagra, the Burns Ward In charge, the student had received burn injuries over 90% of his body. Authorities of the Education Department immediately suspended the accused schoolteacher as well as the headmaster soon after the incident.

EDO Education Sohaib claimed that Umar was an irregular student, who had a habit of bunking schools without any reason.

He observed, “I issued suspension orders of schoolteacher Masood Siddiqui and headmaster Ghulam Fareed with immediate effect. A committee has also been constituted to probe the matter”.

In his view, it was not fault of the schoolteacher rather the father of the student, who refused to accompany him to school.

Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif soon after the incident directed the health department as well as the DCO Faisalabad to take all appropriate measures to save the life of the schoolboy.

DCO Faisalabad Naseem Sadiq said that the school administration would be dealt with iron hand if it is found guilty.

In another incident, a 13-year-old girl attempted suicide by setting herself on fire in Faisalabad for not getting food on time. Shumaila, daughter of Variyam, a 6th grade student was admitted to Allied Hospital in a serious condition.

According to the family sources, Shumaila came home from school on Friday and was shocked to know that the food kept for her had been taken by her brother Imran. Despite her requests, he did not share the food with her.

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