Supreme Court notice to Centre, Haryana on Gurugaon student murder

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The police had arrested Ashok Kumar, the conductor of the bus, on September 8. The court has, however, clarified that it wouyld examine safety measures adopted by all private schools and not just the Gurgaon-branch of Ryan International School.

HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said the advisories, that were issued to schools for the safety and security of students, would be sent out once again. Also, why did no one listen to my child when his throat was slit? He then killed him brutally and washed his hands and knife.

Calling for verification of staffers, parents raised a memorandum with 13 demands and handed it over to the principals of the schools. Following this the father of the deceased student Varun Thakur requested the protesters to maintain peace. Last year six-year-old Devansh Kacrora was found unconscious in a water tank at Ryan International School's Vasant Kunj branch. The distance from the gate to the main building is about 500m, which would have ideally taken Pradyuman about five minutes to cover.

In another incident reported, in May 2016, a Class 3 student of Ryan International School, Gurgaon met with an accident while crossing a road in Old Gurgaon, after the school bus allegedly dropped her on the other side of the road. This horrendous crime happened minutes after the child entered the school premises.

Ryan International is being asked to explain how non-teaching staff was allowed to use the same toilets that were used by students. The alleged assailant, school's bus conductor Ashok, is now in judicial custody. However, the judge said that it was only a case of transit remand so that the accused could go to the state where the crime took place and seek anticipatory bail there. Raghav says it was not. "We are satisfied", ACP Birem Singh said. The father of the victim at least does not believe it and neither it sounds a cracker of a solved case, instead, it feels like a loophole for the Gurugram Police yet again.

"The Section 75 of JJ Act, under which Thomas and Jeyus had been booked, only deals with mental and physical sufferings of a child", Sinha said, adding that this was not sufficient to take action against the officials. There should be no fear of going to school, be it in the form of getting bullied or facing the wrath of a teacher or as we have seen in these past few days, the fear of not being able to return home safely. There has been many reports of murders, unnatural deaths and sexual assault of minors in schools and other institutions.

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