Mangaluru, July 7, 2015: A child with special medical requirement, at Cards Samvedana, was allegedly burnt on his neck by a cook-cum-vehicle driver of the institute, using a hot spoon over a trivial issue, at Kankanady in Mangaluru July 6. The child, a ninth standard student was under the shelter of Cards Samvedana and treated at Wenlock Hospital for the injury.
It was said two students had a scuffle during the Yoga class.
Hearing the noise, Cook Lingappa came with hot spoon and kept it on the neck of the child. The child who ran out of the compound of the institute upset by the treatment, tried calling childline number 1098 from a coin booth.
As the line was busy, he went to the house of one Chanchalakshi situated adjacent to the institute. Chanchalakshi who informed Bhavani and later informed the childline and took him to the hospital.
In the meantime, another student who had seen Lingappa assaulting the child and asked him to vow in front of a "daiva hundi" that he had not seen anything. When he refused to vow, he put money into the hundi and threatened him that had he revealed the incident to any outsider, he would die.
The petrified child had reported the incident to his friends. After treating the burn injuries, the child was produced to the Child Welfare Committee. Speaking to media CWC Chairman Nikesh Shetty said that the victim and other child who was threatened not to reveal the incident has been shifted to another fit institution.
If they are kept in the same institution, the possibility of pressurising the children to remain silent exists. Though it is not a major injury, it can not be sidelined. Whatever may be the mistake committed by the child, physical punishment is not acceptable.
The police will be asked to initiate action against the accused Lingappa, according to CWC Chairman. The CWC members will visit Samvedana for spot inspection. An inquiry will be conducted by the CWC. Childline Director Renny D’Souza on the direction of the CWC, childline will file a complaint against the accused.