CHENNAI: A professor at Pachaiyaappa’s College in Kancheepuram was convicted of hitting a 19-year-old girl with her car in the playground on Sunday. According to police, the teacher, G Tamilarasu, was practicing driving in the middle school playground around 11:30 a.m.
The chemistry teacher claimed to have lost control of the vehicle and run over the girl. She was returning home behind the college from a hospital in Chengalpattu where her mother was undergoing treatment for an illness.
The girl, Nandini, a second year BCA student at the same college, was rushed to Kancheepuram government hospital for first aid and then transferred to Stanley government hospital. Her father, Gunasekar, a day laborer, told Express the girl suffered a shoulder injury and was immobile with severe spinal cord injuries.
Gunasekar, who broke down in tears during the phone conversation, said he was dealing with it on his own as he was not even able to tell his sick wife about the incident. Considering the dire financial situation of the family, a large number of students staged a demonstration to demand the transfer of the young girl to a private hospital for specialized treatment. The professor was convicted under sections 279 of the IPC (reckless driving) and 337 (punishment for causing injury by life-threatening act).