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Sunday, 4 November 2018

Hot milk sends girl to early grave

Police are probing the death of a 12-year-old girl due to burn injuries she suffered after boiling milk fell on her in the kitchen of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) in Silli area of Ranchi. police registered a case of unnatural death. However, they said they were also probing alleged negligence.

“The girl sustained over 30 per cent burn injuries on October 28. She succumbed on Wednesday. prima facie, everybody said that she accidentally fell on the container that had boiling milk, some of which spilt on her and she got burnt,” said Officer-in-Charge (Silli) Chiranjeet Prasad. The District Education Department has ordered a probe. District Superintendent of Education (Ranchi) Vijay Singh could not be reached for comment.

On Friday, a team from Jharkhand State Commission for Protection of Child Rights visited the school. “Prima facie, various shortcomings and negligence has come to light. The girls said they were in the kitchen to get food, and there was nobody else in the kitchen… There are seven cooks, of whom one was on leave. But all the others told us they had gone to take a bath or for some work. No responsible person was present when the girls were lined up to take their food. The warden claims she was on leave, but there is no official sanction of the same,” said JSCPCR chairperson Arti Kujur.

Warden of KGBV (Silli) Rajni Kumari said: “I was on leave that day. It came to light that the girls went inside the kitchen for food, even though lunch hour had not begun.”

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