04:48 GMT26 October 2020
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): The death of a 10-year-old Indian girl from a snake bite at school has sparked a wave of outrage and protest in the southern state of Kerala.

    Students from government-run schools and members of the Students Federation of India (SFI) were protesting over the alleged negligence of school authorities in the death of a 10-year-old girl.

    Clashes broke out between police and students after protesters breached a barricade and entered a police station in the Waynad area.

    The students marched through the streets holding placards, chanting slogans, demanding stern action against the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) and teachers who “refused to rush the student to hospital”. When the protesters turned violent, police used batons to disperse them.

    Shehal Sherin, a fifth standard student of a government school in Kerala’s northern district of Waynad died after she was reportedly bitten by snake in her classroom. The girl’s classmates and family have accused the school of negligence in taking quick action to save the girl.

    The crumbling state of the school is also being pointed out by the family. The snake was inside a burrow of the classroom wall and is suspected to have bit the girl through a hole in the concrete floor.

    Congress MP Rahul Gandhi also wrote to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, asking the state government to conduct an audit of the schools as their “crumbling infrastructure” needs urgent attention. 


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