Kelantan school's handling of beaten girl's case irks parents

Kelantan school's handling of beaten girl's case irks parents
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PETALING JAYA - Parents from the orang asli community, whose children study in a school in Kelantan where a student was allegedly beaten by three teachers, have been denied a meeting with the school authorities.

The Year Four pupil, who is too traumatised to return to school, was reportedly accused of stealing RM3 (S$1.07).

Two days ago, about 40 parents and 14 village representatives went to the school to seek reassurance from the school authorities on their children's safety.

However, the school only met with the parents of the allegedly abused child, the village head and two committee members of the community.

In a statement released ­yesterday, Andak Caling, the grandmother of the abused child, said she was ­disappointed with the school as 60 per cent of its students were orang asli.

"This is not fair. Parents qualify to attend the meeting too, as it concerns the safety of their children."

Centre for Orang Asli Concerns (COAC) representative Nasir Dollah said the rights of the orang asli had been violated.

"There is an investigation going on for this case.

"The school has denied the orang asli community's rights to speak," said Nasir.

The Kelantan Orang Asli Village Network, whose representative attended the meeting, said they would hold a press conference to reply on behalf of the school which has purportedly denied the abuse.

In a COAC Facebook post three weeks ago, coordinator Colin Nicholas said the girl was tied up and beaten until her face and arms were bruised for allegedly stealing cash from one of the teachers.

Colin also said the girl was brought to a government hospital, and a police report had been lodged.

Kelantan police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mazlan Lazim earlier said statements had been recorded and investigations were ongoing.

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