School driver sentenced to two years for locking up four-year-old student

July 10, 2010
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Qatar’s lower court sentenced an Indian driver to two years in jail and fined him QR10,000 for leaving a four-year-old girl student locked up in a bus.

The girl who survived the ordeal remained in the bus from early in the morning until 12.30 when the driver found her unconscious.

The family said that their daughter still suffers from trauma and that they would file a lawsuit demanding compensation, Qatari daily The Peninsula reported on Saturday.

A school teacher was also charged in the case after she failed to appoint a substitute supervisor for the bus to replace the regular chaperone who had reported to the school that she would not be coming. The court said that the incident would not have happened if the school had appointed a supervisor.

The Indian driver was convicted of negligence by the court, but his lawyer is appealing the sentence.

Last May, a four-year-old Indian junior kindergarten student died in Doha after she was left locked up for hours inside a school minivan that had no supervisor on that day. The girl dozed off in one of the rear seats and the driver did not notice her. She died apparently of heat and suffocation.

         

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