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Jun 19, 2008 at 03:56pm IST

Stabbed by schoolmates he lives to tell his tale

New Delhi: Rahul Dev, a Class XI student of a Kendriya Vidyalaya in Delhi, saw a friend fighting with some other students in his school. Rahul intervened and was stabbed many times.

Four months later, Rahul is still traumatized and his cousin cycle him to tuition classes. “I can’t play, can’t lift heavy things and get headaches when I try to memorise at studies. The doctor says I must rest,” says Rahul.

Like Rahul, many other young boys face violence at school, where everything from bats, blades even screwdrivers can turn into weapons. Experts say these incidents prove that teenage violence is a complex phenomenon, and its causes run much deeper.

“Values for the present generation is very relative it is not absolute in the sense this is criminal this is right, this is wrong. (patch) we find these children feel excluded from others this fact of segregation in schools is what we need to be very careful about,” says psychoanalyst Rajat Mitra.

Teachers say schools have to go beyond the traditional classroom techniques to deal with stress among students. “Often teachers or parents don't recognise those signs until it is too late,” says Dr Venita Kaul, Senior Education Specialist, World Bank.

Psychiatrist Rajat Mitra says parents and teachers will have to be attentive to children. “A certain percentage of children who have a problem they don't feel a part of mainstream. To recognize their problems, it is important for parents to be sensitive, for the school counselors to be trained and for the principal to be sensitive.”

Rahul is in pain but says he doesn’t want revenge. “He is a boy like me. If I do something to him his life will get ruined, so I don’t want revenge,” he says.