THE BRUTAL MURDER OF A 7-YEAR-OLD SCHOOL KID IN THE PREMISES OF A SCHOOL TOILET HAD SPARKED A HUGE CONTROVERSY IN GURGAON. ACCORDING TO THE REPORTS, THE WAS BRUTALLY MURDERED BY AN ALLEGED BUS CONDUCTOR, WHO APPARENTLY SLIT HIS THROAT WHEN THE KID REFUSED TO SUBMIT TO HIS SEXUAL DEMANDS. THE VICTIM’S FAMILY MEMBERS HAVE RAISED AN IMPORTANT CONCERNS OVER THIS, WHICH WENT VIRAL ON SOCIAL MEDIA. HERE ARE SOME FACTS OF WHAT HAPPENED AND WHY THE WHOLE CASE IS FISHY AND NOT WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE.
Supreme Court issued a notice to Centre on the plea of the father of class II student whose son was found murdered in a toilet at Ryan International School in Gurugram last week. The apex court further sought a response from CBSE on a plea seeking framing of guidelines to fix responsibility of schools on the issue of children’s safety. The notice came just a few hours after the court had agreed to hear the petition. The petition moved by Varun Thakur earlier in the day sought a CBI inquiry into his son Pradyuman’s death, citing several administrative loopholes with the investigation being carried out by the Haryana Police. A 42-year-old bus conductor of the school has been arrested in connection with the case. The apex court had also agreed to hear a separate PIL raising the issue of lack of safety measures in private schools across the country.
If you believed that the child, Pradumn Thakur’s murder was a simple case of a pedophile taking an extreme step when refused, you might be wrong! The case gets as fishy, as you get into the details of the incident that occurred, here is the crime scene and whole situation dissected so you can understand what really is going on:
• Ryan International School management said it is “cooperating to our fullest” with the police investigations and hoped that the guilty would be given the severest punishment as per the law.
• A large number of policemen are present at the school a day after violence erupted during a protest by parents and local residents. Protesters set fire to a liquor shop in the neighborhood, prompting the police to use lathis or batons to control the mob. A police officer was suspended today for using force against journalists covering the protest.
• Ryan Pinto, CEO of Ryan International Schools Group, and his parents filed an anticipatory bail plea in the Bombay High Court. The school will stay shut for now except for students of Classes 6 to 12, who will sit for exams from Wednesday.
• More teachers and staff are being questioned at the school today, three days after a Class 2 student, Pradyuman Thakur, was found with his throat slit in a toilet shortly after his father dropped him off.
• A school bus conductor, Ashok, was arrested the same night; the police say he has confessed that he tried to sexually assault Pradyuman and killed him when he resisted.
• The Supreme Court will hear a petition filed by the boy’s father in three weeks, demanding a CBI probe. The Haryana police have formed 14 teams for the investigation. A team of Haryana policemen is headed to Mumbai to question the school’s management.
• A report by a three-member Special Investigation Team has said many of the CCTV cameras installed on the school campus were not working.
• The team also found that there were no separate toilets for school bus conductors and drivers, which meant they went to the same toilet used by students.
• Another worrying detail from the report is that the school hired staff without proper background checks and police verification.
• Haryana’s Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma has said that the state government is not against the idea of a CBI probe. Protests were seen in other Ryan schools run by the same management, in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj and Noida.
• The school management informed parents yesterday that it will be closed for another two days “to express our solidarity with the parents and family of the child.”
“My only wish is that the truth should come out and justice is given to my wife and me. There is something which the local police are missing and so the case should be investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). There are a lot of loopholes which need to be investigated and the CBI can do an in-depth investigation which will clear the motive of the murder,” Varun Thakur, the father said.
Thakur went on to say that someone may be influencing the investigation and stopping the truth from coming out. “Why did no one listen to my child when his throat was slit? Did they ignore deliberately? I think the investigation is being influenced by someone who does not want the truth to come out,” he said.
He further demanded the police to add Section 304 of the Indian Penal Code (death by negligence) of the school. Section 75 (care and punishment) of the Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act has been added to the case registered in the matter. The move comes after a three-member subcommittee, formed by the district administration to probe the incident, found “blatant lapses” on the school’s part.