Schools, Medical Emergency, Listening…

Two recent incidents involving schools ending in tragedy was reported in the news. Rinky Kaushik is in a coma after her teacher beat her. Akriti died of an asthmatic attack on the way to the hospital from her school.

Rinky’s condition is a result of greed and irresponsibility of an individual,  a teacher in her case. Her teacher wanted her to enroll in his tuition classes. When she refused, harassment and then beating followed. How sick can it get? Is there a permanent solution for greed and irresponsibility?

Akriti’s death has stirred up a storm. Was the in-house medical aid sufficient? Were the school authorities slow in transferring her to hospital?One suggestion is to have a resident doctor in the school. But, is this a practical solution? Why would a doctor this as a career path when he can pursue a career of private consultation or sign up with one of the successful hospitals? If this option to reduced to one of consultation, can a similar tragedy be avoided in the future?

Having a nurse at the school premises or educating one of the staff on the first aid techniques is a far more practical solution. In both the options, the person in charge needs to be a good listener too. When Akriti complained, nobody would have given importance to her anguish!

Even today, I struggle with listening skills. When my wife complained about an abdomen pain in the middle of night a long time ago, we performed home remedies and went back to bed. A week later, I rushed her to the nearby hospital in the middle of the night after she complained of a terrible abdominal pain. After being admitted, she underwent a harrowing experience with a laparoscopic appendectomy followed a nightmarish second operation in a span of one week. I get goose bumps till date when I think of that fateful night. The two operations might have been inevitable. But I could have acted faster!

Tags: Musings,Medical Emergency,Schools,Rinky Kaushik,Akriti,Coma,Listening


  1. Its a piquant situation Nona and the system in India is still quite insensitive to the distressed.

  2. @Vaz
    Welcome back! I think we are poor listeners and we think the problem will go away on it's own! Wishful thinking?


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