Mother alleges son beaten up, school for special children denies charges

Muskaan, a non-government organisation (NGO) running a school for special children in Shimlupuri, has become embroiled in a controversy after one Pushpa Rani complained that her deaf and dumb son Gagandeep (25), who cannot even walk, was beaten up by the school management.

Pushpa had also complained to the police but they have not taken any action. "We will inquire into this complaint and will take action accordingly," said SHO Jaswinder Singh.

Muskaan takes care of special children and has a hostel where about 200 children stay.

Gulshan Kumar, president of Muskan Welfare Society, denied all the allegations and said they were taking good care of the kids and also giving them basic education.

Pushpa, who hails from Kohara, said, "Gagandeep was feeling alone at home. Two years back we enrolled him in this school so that he can learn a few things. However, he used to be reluctant to go back after holidays. On Saturday when I called the school teacher, I heard him cry. I immediately rushed to the school where I found my son lying in a room without clothes and being being beaten up. One of his teeth was also broken." She added that she took her son along immediately and would never send him back.

On Wednesday, Pushpa along with her family also staged a dharna outside the school. The family used to pay Rs 4,500 per month to the NGO for taking care of the child. She said when she went to the area, many nearby residents also alleged that they had heard kids crying and being beaten up but their complaints were never heard of.

Another parent alleged that his son was made to sit inside the bathroom after being tied with ropes once he had loose motions. But he did not complained to the police.

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