Ryan International School Murder Case Row: Top developments from the case

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Justice for Pradyuman : Here are few important things you need to know


The death of 7- year- old Pradyuman in Ryan International School by a bus conductor has shaken the belief of the parents that their children are safe in the school premises. The incident took place in the wee hours of September 8, 2017, within half an hour of dropping the child off at school by his father, Varun Thakur.

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According to reports, two top officials of Ryan International School have been arrested. Notably, parents of the deceased child want the school shut until a CBI inquiry is ordered into the case. Meanwhile, Principal and class teacher of Pradyuman have been called by the Police for the further investigation.

Series of Events :

The school authorities were in great shock when they found Pradyuman with a slit throat in a pool of blood near the school washroom. The alleged perpetrator, the conductor of the school bus confessed to the crime and claimed that he killed the child after the child tried to resist the sexual assault on him. The recovery of the knife with a wooden handle which was used to kill the 7 -year -old has led to the arrest of the bus conductor and the police is probing the CCTV footage provided by the school authorities, however, if sources are to be believed then the cameras were dysfunctional thus compromising on the safety of students.

Amidst raging protests by the parents, the school principal has been suspended and two senior officials have been arrested. As per the reports, Bombay High Court has given interim relief to Augustine Pinto and Grace Pinto from getting arrested today and the hearing on anticipatory bail shall be held tomorrow. Ryan Pinto, the CEO of Ryan group has granted interim relief as of now.

It’s to be believed that Ryan International School flouted several security guidelines which were issued by the state police for the safety of the students after an investigation by the apex body for child rights, National Commission for Protection of Child Rightswhich has recommended that a case of negligence be registered against the management of the school.

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Security Lapses:

As per the 3 member committee/ SIT which was set up in the wake of this incident has found major security lapses on part of the management. The committee asserted that the security guards manning the gates didn’t register the accused’s entry into the main campus since they recognized him.

They also found that there were no separate toilets and washrooms for the drivers and conductors a complete violation of the guidelines provided by the Gurgaon police as per which “the support staff should not be allowed to use toilets meant for children, even if they are assisting in this section.”

An inadequate number of CCTV cameras, easy access to the bus drivers and conductors to the main campus and failure to conduct a background check of the employees are a few additions to the security lapses.

This is not the first case of negligence by the Ryan group, a similar death case of a six- year -old came in the news, when his body was found in a water tank in the school’s Vasant Kunj branch in Delhi.

Future at Stake:

With so much at stake, the Gurgaon branch of Ryan International School is on the verge of getting its CBSE affiliation cancelled thus leaving the students to bear the consequences of such a grave step. In case of a shutdown, the worst affected would be the odd 500 students of class 10th and 12th who are going to appear for board exams in 2018 and have already been registered through the school. Many private schools in Gurgaon have come forward to provide assistance and support to the students by offering to provide admissions to them in the middle of the session.

However, CBSE is yet to take a stand on this matter.

Though security lapses are to be blamed for Pradyuman’s death, but will the blame game bring justice to the victim’s family?

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