6-year-old, who died after being forgotten in bus, laid to rest in Dubai
Mohamed Farhan Faisal had dozed off after boarding the 14-seater bus from Karama.
Over 200 people came to pay their respects as a six-year-old Indian boy, who died after he was forgotten in a bus in Dubai on Saturday (June 15), was laid to rest in Al Quoz. Relatives, friends and acquaintances could barely contain their tears as the boy's father led the funeral prayer and the procession.
Mohamed Farhan Faisal, who was a student of an Islamic centre in Al Quoz, had dozed off after boarding the 14-seater bus on Saturday morning from Karama. The driver and other students failed to notice the little boy, who was in the second row of the bus, as they alighted outside the centre at 8:00am. The body was discovered over seven hours after the bus was parked and locked.
An eyewitness said: "Around 3:00pm, when I went to pick my child up from the centre, I saw a group of people gathered around the bus. I went to check and saw some people trying to revive the child, but it was too late by then."
Heba Latif, who used to teach the boy, was present at the funeral. "He was a well-mannered, innocent and bright student. I used to teach him Arabic and Islamic. He used to study everything and was very intelligent. He was very quiet most of the times, but he performed well, always. It's really a heartbreaking situation."
Parents got him after 8-year wait
According to a relative, the boy's father, Faisal, and mother are inconsolable.
"His mother was crying all night yesterday. She came for the funeral, but she broke down on multiple occasions. Faisal led the funeral prayer and remained strong till the body was lowered to the grave. He broke down after that," Afsal, who is Faisal's cousin, said. "We can only imagine their grief. His mother had dropped him to the bus in the morning. In the evening, the police called his father to inform him about the tragedy."
The couple got Faisal after an eight-year wait, the relative added. "He has three elder sisters, one of whom was to get married in July."
Another relative said: "Mohamed was a special boy and very attached to his parents. It was a time for celebration for his family as his eldest sister was to get married in July. This tragedy has really changed their lives."
Mohamed had joined the Islamic centre earlier this year. All three sisters studied at the same centre. The family hails from the coastal town of Muzhappilangad in Kunnur district and they are long-time Dubai residents. They reside in Karama. The boy studied at a school in Al Warqa.
The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments, which oversees all Quran centres in Dubai, had offered its condolences to the boy's family. "We are working with the Dubai Police to investigate the tragic incident," it said.
Such instances are rare in the UAE, but have been reported previously. In 2014, a KG1 pupil at Abu Dhabi's Al Worood Academy Private School, Nizaha Ala'a, suffocated to death after being forgotten inside a bus. The news had shocked the nation and sparked a major discussion on child safety in buses.
The principal, bus driver and supervisor were jailed and directed to pay Dh100,000 in blood money to the girl's family.
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