School kids locked, denied water for hours on non-payment of fees


Kozhikode: In a shocking incident of a school in Kerala’s Kozhikode, approximately 250 students of around 8 year’s age were locked up in a hall of their school for several hours and denied water for non-payment of fees.

The incident was reported in Hilltop Public School where two kids fainted while bearing the punishment and were taken to the nearby Beach Hospital.

Medical College police slapped Juvenile Justice Act and section 342 of IPC (wrongful confinement) against school principal P Abdul Rahman, Vice-principal Girija Surendran and accounts officer Shajahan K M.

An eight-year old student Ishma Fathima told to Times of India newspaper that it was very hot inside the hall and they were still denied water. When students complained about it, they were insensitively asked to sit on the lap of other students.

Reportedly, the school is run by Thruvananthapuram-based Manarul Huda Trust and has been functioning on temporary affiliation from CBSE which expired last March.

On speaking to the parents of the punished kids, they said that the delay in payment was due to the uncertainty of school’s future.