Gurgaon: Police have identified eight students in their investigation into the bullying and alleged sexual assault of a 16-year-old Class 10 student, who jumped to death from the top floor of the building where he lived on February 24 and wrote “this school killed me” in a note he left behind.
The boy studied at a frontline private school in Faridabad whose academic head (headmistress) was arrested on Sunday night. After the boy’s death, she was booked for abetment to suicide (Section 306, IPC). The boy’s mother, an art teacher in the same school, has alleged he was bullied relentlessly in school and sexually assaulted by fellow students in a washroom just before the lockdown, an incident that the family alleged had pushed the boy into clinical depression.
Though a case is yet to be filed on sexual assault charges, police have been looking into the allegations. Sources said from Tuesday, statements of the eight boys would be recorded by a team of officials that would include members of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) in the presence of the minors’ parents and teachers.
Of the eight students, four have left the Faridabad school and taken admission in other institutions, a police officer said. The statements will be recorded either at their school or at their homes.
On Saturday, the boy’s mother had told TOI she had informed the school in an email last August about the alleged sexual assault after she came to know about it. “After a physical education class, he had gone to the washroom and four boys followed him. They locked the washroom, blindfolded him, tied his hands, and blocked his ears. They asked him to perform a sexual act. When he refused, they pulled down his pants. They even threatened that if he speaks up, they will sexually abuse me,” his mother said. “Those boys who bullied him, called him names and even said that he was the reason that I was divorced have killed him. And the school authorities, who despite my repeated complaints didn’t take action, helped them in killing my son.”
On Monday, police collected writing samples of the boy and his journals from his house as well as copies of his handwriting from the school records for a forensic analysis. The boy, who was dyslexic, had developed a “school phobia” and frequently had panic attacks due to years of bullying, his family has alleged. He recorded his emotions in a diary, his anguish often finding expression in poems. The boy was seeing a counsellor.
His cousin, a final-year college student, had earlier told TOI the youngster felt isolated and would sometimes pour his heart out to her. “He had become used to bullying. His art and poetry were his outlets. The same kids, who in classes 3 and 4 would make fun of his dyslexia, were targeting him on sexuality. He would call me and tell me that he doesn’t even know what homosexuality is. But he was fighting all that. But the sexual assault had a deep impact on his psychological health,” she said.
The headmistress remains in custody for now with her bail plea rejected. Since Tuesday is a holiday, she can move for bail only on Wednesday. The boy’s mother had mentioned in her police complaint that on February 23, he had appeared for a science exam. “During the examination, he allegedly had difficulty in understanding a question and sought help from the academic head but was scolded by her,” said Sube Singh, spokesperson for Faridabad police. The boy had mentioned the name of the headmistress in his note.


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