In a disturbing incident at Jeevan Sadhana School in Vadodara, an altercation between fourth-grade students turned violent when a Muslim student allegedly stabbed a Hindu classmate with a sharp blade. Following the incident, the victim and his friends filed a complaint with the school principal. However, the situation escalated when the parents of the accused student, instead of addressing the principal, entered the classroom and reportedly assaulted three students who had submitted the complaint.
The incident unfolded in the Nagarwada area of Vadodara, sparking outrage among parents and local Hindu organisations. According to reports, the accused student’s parents, upon reaching the school, bypassed the principal’s office and directly confronted the students involved in the complaint. Witnesses claim that the parents physically assaulted the students, raising concerns about the safety and security of students within the school premises.
As per a report by OpIndia, one of the parent said, “When the Muslim student (we are not mentioning the name as the child is a minor) used the blade, my son and his three other friends complained to the principal, then his guardian was called by the school. Then two members of the Muslim student’s family rushed into the school and instead of meeting the principal, entered the classroom straight away.”
He added, “Going to the class, the parent asked the kid who stabbed the blade, “Bol tera naam kisne principal ko bataya.” (Tell us, who gave your name to the Principal) They slapped one of my son’s friends and strangled another while they dragged my son to the principal’s office during class.”
Vadodara city’s Bajrang Dal co-coordinator, Prataparao Mohite, condemned the incident, highlighting the urgency of addressing such grave matters within educational institutions. When local organisations and parents sought an explanation from the school trustees, they were reportedly met with resistance, with the administrators behaving rudely and threatening to expel them from the premises.
Mohite said, “As soon as we received information about the incident, we promptly reached the school. However, when we attempted to speak with the administrators, we were prevented from doing so as the gate was closed. Meanwhile, parents of students studying in the school had also gathered. Parents gathered there, and various organisations and the media, all entered the school. We collectively demanded an explanation from the school trustee regarding the incident.”
He added, “Administrators were saying that we are not allowed to come to school, then where do their laws go when some outsider man comes to school and beats up students? The school administrators attempted to downplay a grave incident, such as a student being stabbed on the premises.”
As the situation intensified, the school, under pressure, finally lodged a police complaint against the parents of the accused student. The Vadodara police have initiated an investigation, relying on CCTV footage and statements from the victimised student. The accused parents have been arrested and are currently in police custody. Authorities are working to unravel the details of the incident and ensure justice for the students involved.