In a very strange and upsetting incident, a Bahrain-based Indian school asked the parents of an Indian girl to clear outstanding fees of their eight-year-old daughter, who had died in January, reports Indian Express
The devastated parents received a call from Indian School Bahrain (ISB) last week about outstanding tuition fees for their daughter, Abiya Shreya Jophy, despite having informed the school of her death. They also clarified that she was not enrolled at the start of term in April.
Shreya Jophy died in January from chicken pox.
Shiny Philip, the mother, who lost her only daughter, has fallen into a state of depression once again following the school’s phone calls. The father of the girl Jophy Cherian, who has been living in Bahrain for the last 27 years, said:
“It is unfortunate that the staff members at the school were so insensitive towards a mother’s feelings. When they called her 10 days ago on our landline, she told them that we lost Abiya and requested them to remove her name from the records. She has been very upset ever since and she has been devastated, trying to cope with the loss with much difficulty.”
However, the school later apologised and the school’s chairman Prince Natarajan said an investigation has been launched into the administrative error.