Muhammad Umar, a student of class six at a government school in Faisalabad, died at a local hospital because he had suffered 90 percent burns. It is unfortunate that his young life ended in great pain and at his own hands. He missed school for two days, following which he was reprimanded and beaten by a teacher at his school. Umar had been asked by the teacher to bring his father. Fearing punishment at the hands of his father as well, the despondent child committed self-immolation. Following the incident, the concerned teacher has been suspended and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has ordered an inquiry into the death of the child. This inquiry too would prove futile. Similar inquiries have been ordered before but they failed to bring justice to the victims.
Karachi, May 25.