The mother of a seven-year-old boy who lost vision in one eye in a mishap in a municipal school has approached the Bombay High Court seeking issuance of guidelines to civic body-run schools with regard to providing a safe and secure environment to the students.

Sherbano Khan filed a public interest litigation (PIL) after her son Sohail Mohammad, a class II student in a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation school in suburban Sion, lost sight in his left eye when one of his classmates accidentally jabbed a pencil into his eye on January 15.

According to Ms. Sherbano, his teacher in spite of being informed about the incident did not take any immediate step to provide medical aid to Sohail.

“Sohail was made to sit with his injured eye for over two hours. After school hours, he was asked to go home by teacher Shahida,” the petition claimed.

The boy was operated at the State-run KEM hospital at Parel in Central Mumbai but doctors could not save his left eye as he could not be operated upon soon after the incident, according to the petition.

“Although Sherbano had lodged a complaint with the school authorities and police, no action has been taken so far,” the mother’s lawyer Shakeel Ahmed told PTI.

The petition claimed that teachers and administrative staff of municipal schools have no concern for the welfare and care of the minor students. The PIL will come up for hearing in due course.