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Discrimination for being a diabetic student?

Discrimination for being a  diabetic student?
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Tanishq Jaiswal, a Class IV student of St Paul’s School, Hyderabad, was reportedly asked to leave the school for taking insulin during the lunch ...

Tanishq Jaiswal, a Class IV student of St Paul’s School, Hyderabad, was reportedly asked to leave the school for taking insulin during the lunch hours. Young Hans spoke to a cross section of people to find out how they see this act by the school management

Purnima Sriram

We all have heard of corporate punishments, sexual harassment, partiality towards students, racial and regional discrimination. But Hyderabad recently reacted sharply towards alleged discrimination towards Tanishq Jaiswal,9, the son of Vaishali and Niraj Babu Jaiswal who was reportedly asked to take transfer certificate for taking insulin in the lunch hours. He was diagnosed with diabetes last year. School Principal Brother Sudhakar Reddy has asked the parents to taka a TC for the student and pay the entire year’s fees while leaving the school.


A prominent doctor in the city says that diabetes has become very common among children too. “We have to support them instead of mistreating them. This will have a psychological impact on the children which could worsen their self-esteem and self-confidence. It is not a crime for the kid to have diabetes. The school authorities should treat him as a normal child, not a culprit. Now, psychologically, the boy would be disturbed which may have a negative impact in the long run,” he adds. “If the boy was notorious and if he was bothering the other students with his insulin injection then, the principal should take such steps. But when the child is calm and composed, there should be no problem.


He has really managed to have 98% attendance and 92% academic marks which are really appreciable. The incident could have a bad impact on the nine-year old's tender mind. This shows the insensitivity of the principal. He/she should have empathy and sympathy for the child, but not discourage him and hurt his self esteem,” says K VijayaLakshmi, a Hindi teacher.


Andhra Pradesh Balala Hakkula Sangam President, Achyuta Rao, says that this is the first time a student was discriminated on such flimsy grounds. “Last year, the principal threatened a Class V boy saying he would give him transfer certificate for being arrogant. Diabetes is not contagious or malignant. There is no point in not allowing the child to take medicines. We have requested the DEO to take necessary action against the principal under the Right to Education Act and against juvenile justice,” he shares.

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