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Three-year-old Indian girl falls to death from balcony in Dubai

Three-year-old girl whose family relocated to Dubai just days ago falls to death from balcony of hotel apartment

  • By Abhishek Sengupta, Staff reporter
  • Published: 22:40 May 8, 2013

  • Image Credit: Abhishek Sengupta/ XPRESS
  • Yet another deadly fall: Three-year-old Preethi Prasad fell from an 11th floor balcony of Dunes Hotel Apartments on Oud Metha Road

DUBAI: The city lost yet another child in a balcony fall. This time tragedy struck a three-year-old Indian girl, Preethi Prasad. Her family had relocated to the UAE from Singapore just days earlier.

She and her elder sister had secured admissions to Kindergarten Starters in Garhoud in KG1 and grade 4 and had started school just last month while the family was still housed temporarily at the Dunes Hotel Apartments on Oud Metha Road.

According to a statement released by the school, the girl fell from the 11th floor balcony of the building last Thursday evening, apparently when her mother had fallen asleep.

The family moved to the nearby Al Waleed Palace hotel apartments on Friday, XPRESS has learnt.

The exact circumstances of the girl’s death remain unclear as the devastated father, Guru Prasad, refused to divulge any details when contacted.

“No one is to be blamed as it was my fault,” he said the night before the family was due to return to India for the child’s last rites. The school also declined to make an official comment saying they didn’t have a consent from the family.

A child’s death takes a profound physical and emotional toll on parents – more so if it’s caused because of their negligence.XPRESS has in the past run several campaigns, pushing for construction of safer balconies, but our greater concern has always been for kids left alone to play.

Parents must understand that child safety is not a one-time task, it’s an ongoing activity.

At the start of last year, the number of people falling off balconies in the UAE was two a month.

Comments (6)

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  1. Added 11:57 May 9, 2013

    This is True parents should care when child is standing or playing in Balcony. But you can see so many buildings balcony are not safe at all. We should recommend to Government that take necessary action and should not pass that type of buildings which balcony is not secure for children.

    Samina Rana, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 11:28 May 9, 2013

    Parents must takecare of there children all the time.

    Saira, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 11:06 May 9, 2013

    same mistakes are repeated. It is my request to authorities, please give licence and electricity to the new building when it is completely safe to stay or official purpose so that such mistakes are not repeated. Give parents awareness of balcony,closed car when the child is in ,during summer season and eating non veg and other foods from outside during the summer season

    geeta, ajman, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 10:45 May 9, 2013

    About time the authorities do some thing about this issue. Too many incidents so far; (falling children from hi rises to bad construction materials used that result in fire). If tenants are to blame for their negligence; so are the people who approve and build buildings this way. But as we see this every day; who cares?

    hamid, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 03:15 May 9, 2013

    Safety first to kids or campaign for children safety is that to bring the awareness. I had noticed in all buildings in uae that the electric sockets are located down which is easily asessable to infant and toddler,and u know this age is very difficult to monitor there activities each i would like to request the muncipality authorities to give some specification to the builder to keep this sockets up as we have in other countries.

    BJ, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 02:47 May 9, 2013

    How many more deaths are needed to get a law underway to construct better balconies? Every few days I hear of a murder or death in UAE due to unnatural causes!

    Abdullah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates