A group of seven teachers from Christ Church Girls’ High School on Sunday evening visited Rekha and Santanu Das, parents of the little girl whose death had triggered a mob rampage in the institute three days ago.
Class V student Oindrilla Das had died last week after being allegedly confined to a toilet by some seniors.
“We requested Rekha to get on with life, though we know nothing can replace the loss of her daughter,” said teacher Kumkum Das after visiting Oindrilla’s Baguiati home.
During their 30-minute interaction with the bereaved family, they asked a sobbing Rekha to have some food. She has been skipping her meals since Oindrilla’s death.
After garlanding the girl’s photo in her room, the teachers appealed to the family to forgive the senior students. “We came to know the incident (ragging by seniors) from the media. It is true that we should be aware of what’s going on in our school. We apologised on behalf of the students,” she added.
“We always try to guide every student, still some of them go astray. But what to do... even they are our students despite the mistakes they had made. We urged Oindrilla’s father and mother to pardon the seniors,” Das said.
Santanu told the teachers that they should see to it that no other student faced what his daughter had.
“We don’t want any student to undergo the trauma my daughter faced. Police investigation is on and law will decide everything,” he said.
The teachers said they should have met Oindrilla’s parents immediately after her death but they panicked when a mob attacked the school and held them hostage.
“We felt that we have to act to restore normality,” said Banani Sengupta, an assistant teacher.
She said the teachers took the school authorities’ permission to visit the Das couple.
The teachers also pledged to stand by principal Helen Sircar, whose arrest came as a “huge shock for us since she had already apologised and resigned as demanded by the crowd”.