Gurugram student murder: Safety officials who inspected Ryan school must be held responsible

Union ministers Maneka Gandhi and Prakash Javadekar can have all the meetings they want but this seems to be mere folderol and political grandstanding after the fact, which is that children in schools are vulnerable.

Also, in this case, there seems to be a possibility of some railroading as conductor Ashok Kumar’s confession is far too convenient an option to close the case.

Since there exists a reasonable doubt that he may be innocent — even the driver agrees that he placed the injured child in a car and the teachers chose him to do so — why not widen the scope of the investigation by looking at more people of interest.

Police investigating the crime scene at Ryan International School in Gurugram

Police investigating the crime scene at Ryan International School in Gurugram

No motive has been established so far, and it seems a bit weak that the boy would have been killed because he saw the driver masturbating. Also that he had a knife handy seems a bit far-fetched.

Also, the fact that the scene of the crime was not sanitised (a flaw in itself), the forensic evidence in the case stands to be flawed as well. All of which are reasons enough to believe that the investigation itself is being guided. For example, if a carotid artery is cut and a person dies in two minutes the fountain of blood will be overwhelming. The killer won’t have just a few dots.

It seems logical to put the suspect through a truth serum test. You would imagine a lie detector test on an amateur would be pretty much a guarantee of guilt even if it's not admissible in the court. Two days in police custody could have had the man scared witless.

But while commenting on the probe is a futile exercise, the rounding up of the top administrators and owners of Ryan group is really being done to create froth around the fact is that these schools have official inspections every year.

What were these inspectors doing? Didn't they see the height of the boundary walls? Weren't they aware of the male presence in the schools and the shortage of toilets? Didn't they check the safety and security parameters and that the cameras were not functioning? Is there no blue book of conduct and rules which should be followed?

There's no point in being holier than thou now.

Don’t these institutions get a clearance certificate at the end of it, and, if so, who cleared these and other schools as being adequate when they were not?

While it is all very well to indict the school authorities for negligence, the same should hold good for the officialdom and the ministries who are the final word on how schools must be run. We always seem to allow them to be the judge and the jury without ever being accountable. In some way, this ends up with them judging themselves.

The schools get away with minimum expenditure and engage in cutting corners for one reason or the other. If seven-year-old Pradyumna Thakur’s death is not totally in vain, let’s get a little honest here.

In the interim, just to place things in perspective no one has even thought of providing psychological counselling to the little kids in the school who witnessed this horrific crime. They will suffer post traumatic stress disorder and no one is even concerned.

Does this make sense?

Updated Date: Sep 13, 2017 15:33 PM

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