Aaditya K. Bharti, a 17-year-old student in Class XI (Science) at JVP International School and Bansal Classes in Jaipur reportedly committed suicide on Friday, November 10, after being subject to “constant bullying” by classmates and school management.
An FIR has been registered in Jaipur by Mukesh Kumar, father of the deceased teenager, against JVP international School. The FIR has been lodged under Section 306 of the IPC (Abetment of suicide).
The FIR states that the JVP International school management failed to act on all complaints raised against Abhishek Tiwari, and also participated in further harassing Aaditya Bharti, eventually leading him to commit suicide.
JVP International School is managed by Bansal Public School Educational Society, Kota. Bansal coaching classes for IIT-JEE entrance examinations are well known in Kota and the rest of Rajasthan.
The victim was also the nephew of IAS Officer Salvinder Singh Sohata.Mr. Sohata penned an open letter on Facebook alleging that Aaditya was “constantly bullied by a fellow schoolmate Abhishek Tiwari,” son of Mr. BD Tiwari. He writes that Tiwari “repeatedly used to break Aaditya’s personal belongings” and the bullying continued for one and a half months.
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Mr Sohata explains, however, that the bullying came from not only his classmates, but even the school management,
He states in the letter, “… one day Abhishek Tiwari broke Aaditya’s cellphone, which led to serious repercussions, Aaditya complained about this to his Physics teacher(guest faculty), who asked him to settle the dispute outside school. To settle the matter Abhishek sent some of his friends to beat Aaditya who luckily knew Aaditya as well, so there was no damage done. But Aaditya complained to the school management, where Mr. Ankit Jain (school incharge) blamed Aaditya and slapped him publically in front of Mr. B.D. Tiwari (violating the CBSE guidelines for Corporal Punishment). Mr. Ankit even threatened Aaditya with more dire consequences.”
The contents of the open letter are re-produced below as they appeared:
Dear Family and Friends, I regret to inform you about the sad demise of my nephew Aaditya K. Bharti s/o Mr. Mukesh Kumar and Dr. Bharti Mitholiya, on 10th November 2017.
It has pained us that he committed suicide at an early age of only 16.
I understand that it is a very personal message and I’m accusing an educational institute, but we also need to understand the gravity of this situation and if it is not me who would raise voice on such a sensitive issue then who else would. It is our duty to protect our children and work for their betterment. Aaditya’s demise is not just a loss of my family, but also an alarming concern for our society, on one hand, we expect our children to realise their potential and work for the progress of this nation, on the other hand, we still are not able to address basic issues of bullying which affects their physical and mental well being.
Aaditya was a student of JVP International School, Pratap Nagar, studying in 11th standard in the Biology stream. He has always been a bright kid, secured 9.8 CGPA in class Xth board, won gold medal in International Olympiad of Mathematics organized by SilverZone Olympiads.
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Aaditya was also good at sports and he was representing JVP International school in BasketBall matches, a cheerful kid who shared great bond with his friends , was well-mannered, caring and was loved by all – family, friends and classmates.
However a month and a half ago, an incident shook him significantly. Aaditya was constantly bullied by a fellow schoolmate Abhishek Tiwari S/O Mr. B.D.Tiwari, who repeatedly used to break Aaditya’s personal belongings, it was also told that Abhishek used to bully others as well.
But then one day Abhishek Tiwari broke Aaditya’s cellphone, which led to serious repercussions, Aaditya complained about this to his Physics teacher(guest faculty), who asked him to settle the dispute outside school. To settle the matter Abhishek sent some of his friends to beat Aaditya who luckily knew Aaditya as well, so there was no damage done. But Aaditya complained to the school management, where Mr. Ankit Jain (school incharge) blamed Aaditya and slapped him publically in front of Mr. B.D. Tiwari (violating the CBSE guidelines for Corporal Punishment). Mr. Ankit even threatened Aaditya with more dire consequences .
Aaditya’s parents Mr. Mukesh Kumar and Dr. Bharti were called 2-3 times on consecutive days, they were humiliated and threatened with a bogus complaint against Aaditya made by Mr. B.D. Tiwari. Mr. Ankit Jain showed a strong bias towards Mr. Tiwari, and claimed that Abhishek Tiwari belongs to highly educated family and has better influence blaming Aaditya altogether. So on the third day, my wife and I decided to meet with the school management and address the issue, I asked Ankit Jain to compare the students solely on their academic and behavioural grounds rather than parental influence, to which the school management assured us that the situation has been handled. We called upon Mr. B.D. Tiwari repeatedly but the school management never arranged for any such meeting.
This constant blame game and humiliation must have hurt Aaditya’s dignity and he must have suffered from inferiority complex. This affected his studies and mental well being, causing stress & low blood pressure at this age.
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Teenage is indeed a vulnerable phase of life, hence we advised Aaditya to remain composed and have good terms with Abhishek, but recently Abhishek broke his project and few days later Aaditya ended his own life. The increase in cases involving bullying, and its relation to suicide is emerging as a public health issue and we as an aware segment of the society must address the issue at a much deeper level.
Only if the JVP International school had been more responsive towards Aaditya’ case we would not have lost him in this age. It has been four days, the school didn’t even send any condolences, shows their apathy towards the tragedy.
While there are schools which take best care of it’s students , unfortunately we still have schools who are bringing parental influences inside classroom walls breaking their moral compass.”
The punishment for conviction under Section 306 of IPC is imprisonment for up to ten years, and the offender shall also be liable to pay a fine.
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