The report of eight-year-old boy found inside a school toilet, crawling and bleeding profusely before he died in a private school in Gurgaon has left parent in Delhi, including Okhla worried about the safety of their children.
The Class 2 student of Ryan International School in Sohna area was found with his throat slit in a washroom in the school building around 8.30 am, reported PTI.
“It is shocking to know about this incident. We are really concerned about the safety of our children,” said Rozy, a stay-at-home mother whose son too studies in a private school. Other parents too were left shocked.
Till the filing of the report, a bus conductor was arrested in connection with the murder of the second standard student with police recovering a knife from the crime scene. The words among reporters are that chances are high that the suspect may have attempted to sexually assault the child.
Ashok Agarwal of All India Parent’s Association (AIPA) said: “How did somebody take a knife inside? There should be some measures to scan pointed objects which can be harmful to anybody? Installation of CCTVs is also another measure. It is an accident but there has to be an explanation about what happened and how?”
Meanwhile, Delhi schools have allayed parents’ safety concern after this incident.
A member of the National Progressive Schools’ Conference, an association of over 1,000 private schools in the national Capital said as quoted by PTI: “It is one unfortunate but serious lapse which needs to be investigated but schools generally have strict measures in place to ensure safety of children. Outsiders are not allowed, students can’t go outside, these are general practices. Whether an outsider was involved (in the Gurgaon case) or someone who was already inside is a matter of investigation.
“Generalising the opinion that schools do not have enough safety measures in place would be unfair.”
Anju Dudeja a teacher at the school, said as HT reported: “First we took the child to the hospital, the nurse said that we should give first aid first instead of taking him directly to the Artemis hospital. Our focus was to save the child and meanwhile the parent was informed. I was in the corridor and was about to enter my class when the gardener and student came to me and informed about the incident, I was shocked and rushed towards the washroom where I found Pradyuman lying in a pool of blood. We immediately rushed towards the hospital”.
“We did not even wait for the ambulance, we took the student in my car. We tried to save him but it was a fatal unfortunate incident. We will ensure the culprit is arrested at the earliest and school will support the police by all means,” Neerja Batra, the officiating school principal, said.
However, the boy’s uncle alleged there was no support from the school management and action should be taken against them, reported HT.