Ryan murder: Three school trustees seek anticipatory transit bail

On Sunday, the Haryana government ordered a criminal case against Ryan International School's management and owner under the Juvenile Justice Act.

The boy's father, Barun Chandra Thakur, approached the Supreme Court, seeking a CBI probe into the murder.

The brutal killing of seven-year-old Pradyuman inside the bathroom of Ryan International School in Gurugram last Friday has led to widespread protests, against gross negligence by school authorities. A school bus conductor Ashok Kumar has been arrested in connection with the case, who has been accused of attempting to sexually assault the boy and then murdering him when he resisted. The Pintos, in their pleas, said while the death of the boy was unfortunate, the management can not be held culpable and that they themselves were victims of the unfortunate circumstances. The local administration announced that the school will be shut on Monday after parents called for a mass protest. Sexual abuse scars children for ever and a murder as foul as the innocent 7 year old's in Gurugram leaves the parents with a life full of pain & utter devastation!

A greater presence of women - employees and bus drivers - in schools can help address the issue of safety on campus, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Monday, days after a 7-year-old Gurugram student was killed in a washroom.

The police also exhumed confidence to satisfy everyone after concluding the investigation.

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Police used batons to dispers the protestors, injuring 50 people, including 9 journalists.

A batch of lawyers had told the Supreme Court that private schools are not implementing guidelines to ensure the safety of students. There were no separate toilets for conductors and drivers and the wall behind the school remained unfinished which easily allowed anyone to enter the school premises without permission, added the report.

The sudden move by the high-profile Pinto couple - Augustine, a former Sheriff of Mumbai and Grace, close to the top-ranking Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) echelons - came amidst reports that a Haryana Police team would question them and other trustees.

Meanwhile, there were also allegations that the school management had not carried out a proper verification of the conductor and his Aadhaar card was obtained from his house in Ghamroj village hours after the crime to maintain records.

Unless a very strong case is made out against them too other schools will not take this issue seriously.

  • Douglas Reid