What is media hiding, and why?
- PT BUREAU
What is media hiding, and why?



Two students of a boarding school in Dehradun kill a little boy, a 12-year-old student, because they thought a mischief he committed was the reason their hostel outing was cancelled.

"It is not Doon school, as some are saying...It is a school in a very remote area...In fact, it is an unknown school," a police officer told the NDTV on March 29, with the anchor making no further effort to know the name of the school.

Some school boys watched the two students beating up the little kid with a cricket bat and a stump for hours, drenching him with cold water and making him drink dirty water. They later left the boy in a room and he was declared brought dead on arrival by hospital authorities.

School authorities hide the heinous crime, tell lies to parents, body is buried, everybody remains mum. And the newspapers decide to withhold the name of the school, shield the principal by refusing to name him. There's no explanation why fellow students who witnessed this incident did not report it at the time. That a boarding school is bringing up children who have no qualms about not reporting even such a blatant case of abuse and can live with it for days is something too sad.  

Both alleged culprits are 19 years old, and belong to Dehradun. 

The name of the school is Home Academy Senior Secondary School, Bhogpur, Dehradun. It has downed its website now. When the website worked, it carried on the homepage the vision statement that said the sole purpose of the Home Academy was "to serve the nation and mankind through education and impart moral values to the children."
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It seemed least interested in finding the name of the school or even asking the names of those arrested for this heinous crime.
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School manager is called Praveen Messi, the PTI teacher's name is Ashok Solomon, and the hostel warden was Ajay Kumar.

The school principal is Man Mohan Chandiwal. He also goes by the name of MM Chandiwal. He has point blank refused to take responsibility for the incident and said since it all happened in the hostel and not in school, so he is not responsible.

We should hail Usha Negi, the Chairperson of the Uttarakhand State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, who, after being tipped off by some locals, confronted the school management along with the dead boy's parents.

We are also surprised that sections of the media that rush to publish the names of a government school and names of teachers in case of something as minor as the teachers asking the students to clean the classrooms or sweep the school courtyard are hyper-sensitive when it comes to putting out the name of a school where the management can hide the killing of a small boy for days.

In fact, the NDTV went one step further. Its sole aim seemed to be to announce to the world that no reputed school of Dehradun was involved. It seemed least interested in finding the name of the school or even asking the names of those arrested for this heinous crime.

Punjab Today is choosing to not name the two allegedly guilty students, or the deceased boy.
 

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