Kintan Saraswat's Story, a Brutal Reminder of School Bullying

Disclaimer: Please note that this podcast episode has been recorded in Hindi.

In the sacred halls of education, where young minds are meant to flourish, a chilling reality haunts us: our schools have become arenas of tragedy, where innocence is shattered, and futures are snuffed out. In the Indian culture, where reverence for knowledge runs deep, how can we reconcile the loss of a child to the very institution meant to nurture them?

Tune into an episode with Rahul and Soni Saraswat, the grieving parents of Kintan Saraswat, a vibrant 12-year-old whose dreams were brutally extinguished by school bullying. Amidst the corridors of a Delhi government school, Kintan’s existence was marred by torment and medical neglect, a nightmare that ultimately claimed his life. Yet, in the face of their unspeakable loss, the Saraswat family found themselves abandoned by the silence of school authorities, betrayed by the very guardians entrusted with their child’s safety.

Their cries for justice echo unanswered, drowned out by a deafening silence from those tasked with upholding the law. Despite relentless efforts to stifle their truth, the Saraswat family stands undaunted, their pursuit of justice a testament to the resilience of parental love. But as they navigate the labyrinth of law and justice, their journey is fraught with obstacles, their hopes for closure suspended in limbo.

As the nation mourns the loss of a young soul, extinguished before it could fully bloom, we are compelled to confront a sobering reality: our children, our most precious treasures, are not safe within the confines of our educational institutions. In the glaring absence of accountability, we are left to question whether justice is a privilege reserved only for the privileged few.

For Kintan Saraswat, a young dreamer aspiring to join the Indian Air Force, the promise of tomorrow was ruthlessly stolen. His tragic fate serves as a poignant reminder that the value of a life should never be measured by wealth or influence. In a society where the echoes of injustice reverberate through the halls of our schools, we must rise together to demand a future where every child is cherished, protected, and given the opportunity to thrive. The time for change is now.

Produced by Global Indian Series for the Global Indian Network.

Script by Rajan Nazran
original idea: Rajan Nazran

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About Kintan Saraswat

In January 2024, 12-year-old Kintan Saraswat, a student at a government school in North Delhi, allegedly suffered bullying at the hands of senior students. News reports indicate he was assaulted and sustained injuries.

The exact details of the bullying incident are unclear. Kintan’s parents reported their concerns to the school but claimed they were not adequately addressed.

Following the alleged bullying, Kintan’s health deteriorated. He tragically passed away nine days later, on January 20th, 2024. The cause of death, according to media reports citing the post-mortem examination, was septicaemic shock due to a blunt-force knee injury.

Kintan Saraswat’s parents believe the injuries he sustained from the bullying contributed to his death. They have accused the school of negligence and are seeking justice.

As of March 2024, the Delhi Police have reportedly registered a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. The investigation is ongoing.

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