This is a news report about The Denjong Pema Choling Academy (DPCA). HELP used to send volunteers to this school in Pemayangse, West Sikkim, but withdrew after receiving reports from the volunteers , and others, about the abuse of children (and of money donated) in this school:-
“A Canadian woman volunteer working in a private school in Sikkim today lodged a complaint with police of Gangtok alleging that the institution’s director and a teacher often beat up the students.
Sara Antwis, 40, said she has recorded video clips of the teacher, Samir Tamang, chasing schoolchildren with a cane and of a student crying and showing his bruises. Corporal punishment is banned in schools.
“I was shocked to see the children are subjected to extreme physical punishment. They are beaten up regularly by the head of the school and a teacher. In two incidents, four students were beaten up,” said Antwis, who taught in Denjong Padma Choling Academy, a CBSE secondary school.
She said she filed the complaint with Gangtok police after the local Tikjuk police station in Pelling took no action. Antwis has named school director Sonam Yongda, and the teacher Samir in her complaint. Yongda said: “It is a lie to malign my image.”
“I lodged a police complaint on June 7. Three of the four children were taken for medical tests. I have a copy of the report that indicates bruises and welts. The (Tikjuk) police ignored my report,” Antwis said, adding that she has also written to the state child welfare commission.” (Gangtok, June 14; source: the Telegraph, Calcutta, India)
Sara Antwis has added the following information in correspondence:
“Yongda is finally going to be arrested for what he has done and I think that members of the Muyal Liang trust will be contacted to explore continuity for the children. I know that Samir Tamang is already under police custody, having been arrested and detained.
If Yongda does not come back to be arrested in Sikkim then, within a few days,police will apprehend him in Delhi and bring him back to stand trial. That is what I know.
There are already plans in place to make sure the children are ok. I can’t share too many details just yet except that the events of the last few days have put all eyes on DPCA and some rather powerful people are stepping in to ensure that this changes things for the better for the abused children.
Some people are considering the school a ‘front” for Yongda to make
money off the backs of the children.”