The Supreme Court has ordered CBI investigation on the recent second grade student, Pradhyuman's murder case as the boy's father pled before the apex court for a CBI probe into the matter. With this the Supreme Court has also decided to examine the safety measures in all private schools to prevent such incidents in future.
Pradhyuman was a student at Ryan International School Bhondsi and he was found dead on September 8 in the school washroom. He was found with a slit throat lying in a pool of blood by a fellow student of the same school.
The eight-year-old was attacked just minutes after his father dropped him and his elder sister to school, a short drive from their home. (hindustantimes.com)
The acting principal of the school was suspended soon after the incident.
Initially, three people - a conductor, a driver and a staff member had been arrested and the school bus conductor, Ashok Kumar, has allegedly confessed to killing the boy after trying to sexually assault him in the toilet. (hindustantimes.com)
But as the protests intensified two senior officials of the Gurugram branch of Ryan International were also arrested on September 10. The area's police station in charge was also suspended for "negligence in maintaining law and order" on the same day. (www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
Is legal action enough?
Soon after the protests turned extremely violent and the mob set a liquor shop close to the school on fire, the police had to resort to a lathi charge to control them.
Haryana Education Minister Rambilas Sharma on September 10 issued an official statement saying that the management of Ryan International School, Gurugram, and owner have been booked under section 75 of the Juvenile Act over the brutal murder of a seven-year-old student inside the school washroom on Friday. (netindia123.com)
Minister Sharma said that it was the responsibility of the school management to keep students safe inside the school premises, but they failed to do so. (netindia123.com)
He said that the school bus transportation contract of the Bhondsi Ryan International School has been cancelled. The Minister said that there are nearly 1,200 students in the school and thus the license of the school would not be cancelled. (netindia123.com
Similar incidents in the past
Incidents where the irresponsibility of the school and administration have caused serious mishaps are not uncommon.
Just a day after the case in Ryan International, a five-year-old girl of Delhi's Tagore Public School, Gandhi Nagar was allegedly raped by a peon inside a classroom in the school premises on September 9. (news.webindia123.com)
Similarly last month in August, 10-year-old boy Arman Sehgal died allegedly after "falling down" at G D Goenka Public School in Indirapuram. A student of class IV, he was dropped by his father to school and received a call as soon as he reached home. Arman, who received head injuries, was declared dead at the hospital, police said. An FIR against the school principal and the management was registered on a complaint filed by the boy's father, Gulshan Sehgal. (www.indianexpress.com)
Previous year in January, a six-year-old student, Devansh Kakrora, of Ryan International School, Vasant Kunj died after he allegedly fell into a water tank. After the incident, a case of negligence causing death was registered at Vasant Kunj North police station. Police had arrested the principal and four other staff, five days after incident took place.