When a teacher of an English-medium school in Salt Lake asked the Class V students to write an essay on "My Family", little did she know that it will take the lid off the suppressed anger of an otherwise calm girl.

"My dad is a bad man. He beats my mother regularly. Mom and I cry every night. No one cares for us. Even our uncles have turned a deaf ear to us. Dad beats me also. This is my family." This is what the girl had all to write about her family.

The essay does not end there. "When I will grow up, I will take my mother far away from my dad," she wrote.

The essay took the teacher by surprise as she could not even imagine that the little girl was undergoing through such excruciating pain.

"I could not understand what to do. Then I talked to the principal and we consulted our school counsellor as well," said the girl's class teacher, who checked her paper.

Both her parents were called and after sessions of counselling, the parents were asked to stay separately unless her father mends his ways and the girl regains the lost respect for her father.

"The girl's act cannot be dismissed as childish. She vented her pent-up feelings through this essay, which she could not do in any other way so far, " said psychologist Jayranjan Ram.

City psychologists feel there are some "dark epissodes" in life, which can't be shared with even the closest friends. Writing down those is an easier alternative.

"It is good that at least the student felt comfortable with the atmosphere of the school that she did not hesitate to write those things in an essay," said parental consultant Payel Ghosh.


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