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    Tuesday, 17 April 2018

    Punjab govt bans "Thappar Kabaddi" in schools following child's death

    Punjab government on Tuesday placed a ban on Kabaddi and other activities which may lead to “dangerous incidents” on school premises, following the death of a child in Khanewal earlier this month, South Punjab News reported.
    In a notification issued by the Punjab chief minister’s monitoring force for school education department, a copy of which is available with DawnNewsTV, the provincial authority informed school administration that “all such activities and games which may cause serious incidents are totally banned”.
    It further ordered that the recess in charge should keep an eye to avoid such incident in future, and said that the head of the institution should “direct all teachers to guide the students to avoid such activities”.
    The notification has been issued following the death of a student at a high school in Khanewal earlier this month. The sixth-grade student reportedly died while playing Kabaddi during recess time.The headmaster of the school has already been suspended for showing negligence.A minor boy lost his life while playing what should have been just another game of innocuous ‘face-slapping’ with his schoolmates in Punjab’s Mian Channu tehsil earlier this month, with a video of the bizarre incident surfacing on Saturday.

    Bilal, a sixth grade student at Government High School Khanewal 115/15-L started a game of ‘thappar-kabaddi’ (face-slapping) with his class fellow Amir.
    However, an apparent harmless game turned deadly when Bilal was knocked down to the ground in a matter of seconds and failed to recover from the fatal blow from his friend, South Punjab News reported.
    45 minutes later, his body was sent home.
    The incident points towards grave negligence on the part of police, school administration and parents of the victim.
    Sources said that the school administration failed to take Bilal to hospital for medical treatment immediately after the incident and are equally responsible as the local police for not carrying out post-mortem of the body.
    Headmaster Abid Hussain and parents of Bilal are also to be blamed as they did not inform police about the incident.
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