Friday, June 16, 2017

Bullying can kill

Nhaveen and his friend, T. Previin, 19, were at a burger stall in Taman Tun Sardon, Gelugor in the early hours of June 10 when they bumped into two other teenagers. A fight broke out after insults were thrown.
Previin escaped with injuries. Nhaveen was hauled off to a field in Jalan Kaki Bukit where three other teenagers, believed to be friends of the initial two, and brutalised with crash helmets and burnt with cigarette butts. He was also assaulted anally.
- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/penang-teen-nhaveen-dies#sthash.OaAuxMKX.dpuf
Nhaveen and his friend, T. Previin, 19, were at a burger stall in Taman Tun Sardon, Gelugor in the early hours of June 10 when they bumped into two other teenagers. A fight broke out after insults were thrown.
Previin escaped with injuries. Nhaveen was hauled off to a field in Jalan Kaki Bukit where three other teenagers, believed to be friends of the initial two, and brutalised with crash helmets and burnt with cigarette butts. He was also assaulted anally.
- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/penang-teen-nhaveen-dies#sthash.OaAuxMKX.dpuf

Nhaveen and his friend, T. Previin, 19, were at a burger stall in Taman Tun Sardon, Gelugor in the early hours of June 10 when they bumped into two other teenagers. A fight broke out after insults were thrown. Previin escaped with injuries. Nhaveen was hauled off to a field in Jalan Kaki Bukit where three other teenagers, believed to be friends of the initial two, and brutalised with crash helmets and burnt with cigarette butts. He was also assaulted anally. Nhaveen was unconscious upon admission. The media later reported that he had been declared brain dead, and the news that he had died at 6pm yesterday evening (15th June 2017) resulted in an outpouring of grief and rage on social media.

haveen and his friend, T. Previin, 19, were at a burger stall in Taman Tun Sardon, Gelugor in the early hours of June 10 when they bumped into two other teenagers. A fight broke out after insults were thrown.
Previin escaped with injuries. Nhaveen was hauled off to a field in Jalan Kaki Bukit where three other teenagers, believed to be friends of the initial two, and brutalised with crash helmets and burnt with cigarette butts. He was also assaulted anally.
- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/penang-teen-nhaveen-dies#sthash.OaAuxMKX.dpuf
Nhaveen's story has horrified and outraged all who have heard it. The sheer scale of the brutality and violence inflicted on him, is magnified when we consider that these atrocities were committed by other children and young persons.

 Thousands of children go through brutal bullying on a daily basis. 

It happens in all schools. It happens to children you know. It happens every day. One of the leading reasons why a child is driven to suicide is bullying. 

The only way to make Nhaveen's story better is to learn from it. And to immediately call for action. It is not only prosecutions against the perpetrators of this crime that we should be calling for. 
We should set in place and in practice measures to ensure that children are better protected against bullying. This includes asking schools to set up anti- bullying measures, educating children on positive steps that they can take if they are being bullied, educating children (and parents and teachers) that bullying is wrong and will not be tolerated. 

This includes educating everyone on the dangers of gender stereotyping and pressuring politicians and the education ministry to come up with compulsory anti bullying policies and measures. Educating the media on responsible reporting would be an added bonus (was there any need at all to repeat the insults and derogatory words that had been used by the perpetrators on Nhaveen?). 

It's correct to be OUTRAGED. I am outraged too. 

But it's not enough.

If you want to make sure that this doesn't happen again - you (and I) have to do more. 

Let's make enough noise to make a difference to the lives of the children who are going to school daily knowing that they're going to be bullied.

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