Hazaribagh, Sept. 5: On Teachers’ Day, an award-winning mentor made it a point to impart a lesson that gender-insensitive India needs to learn.
Teacher Vishnu Kumar put the prize of Rs 5,000 he got from the block development officer today into a newly opened bank account for the 16-year-old gang rape victim’s “education and other expenses”.
Hazaribagh, which united to stand by the teen who was gang-raped by four men, including a CID inspector’s son, for two days from August 26 at the empty Deepugarha summerhouse of former Trinamul MP Tutu Bose, has taken the onus to rehabilitate the girl economically.
The whole town was outraged when inspector (CID) Arjun Ram tried to browbeat sadar thana policemen into releasing his rapist son Dhanu.
Dhanu and his friends Sonu, Anurag and Ritesh are in jail.
The girl comes from a poor family of rural migrants that sells milk for a living.
As soon as eight residents of Deepugarha today opened a State Bank of India (SBI) account for the girl, three donations of Rs 5,000 each arrived.
Kumar, a mentor of Rajkiya Prathamik and among the 140 teachers who were felicitated by district administration across 16 block headquarters, gifted his prize money.
“I was given a certificate and Rs 5,000 cash by sadar block development officer Shweta Vaidya in Silwar this morning. Then and there, I decided to hand over the cash to the schoolgirl who was a victim of gang rape. I hope the money comes in use for her higher studies,” he said.
The other two donors today were businessman Rampravesh Singh and Central Public School director Sandeep Kumar Singh.
Rose Bud Public School principal Ajay Kumar Singh, a member of the eight-member citizen team, said besides opening the SBI account, they also sent circulars to various cradles, asking students to chip in and help the gang rape victim with cash donations.
“Our aim is to make the rape victim, who comes from a poor family, economically sound. There should be no hurdle to her studies,” Singh said.
He added they had met Hazaribagh superintendent of police (SP) Manoj Kaushik with a request to absorb the girl in the police department later on.
He said some of the authorities of the schools had asked the students to donate Rs 10 each for this noble cause.
Even Gautam Buddha Teachers’ Training College had requested its students to contribute at least Rs 50 each in this fund.
“We are happy with the first day collection of Rs 15,000. Let’s see how the drive goes in the days to come,” he said.
He added that if the cash collection drive proved to be a success, the girl would feel secure to dream big.
“Her family is poor. Lack of money shouldn’t discourage her from pursuing her studies,” he said.
Deepugarha residents have also asked district administration to donate a piece of land to her family. “If the administration does so, we will arrange funds to construct the house,” the principal promised.