Ryan school flouted se­cu­rity rules, guilty of neg­li­gence: CBSE

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - Front Page - Nee­lam Pandey nee­lam.pandey@hin­dus­tan­times.com

SHOW­CAUSE IS­SUED Board asks man­age­ment to an­swer in 15 days why school’s af­fil­i­a­tion should not be with­drawn

A child who was killed in Gur­gaon’s Ryan In­ter­na­tional last week might have never been at­tacked if the school took se­cu­rity se­ri­ously, an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Cen­tral Board of Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion has de­ter­mined, be­gin­ning on Satur­day the process to pos­si­bly scrap the in­sti­tute’s recog­ni­tion.

No at­ten­dant was posted at the toi­let, sur­veil­lance cam­eras were not work­ing, and bound­ary walls were not high enough, the probe team cited as some of the short­com­ings. It asked the school why its recog­ni­tion should not be can­celled due to such ne­glect.

The victim was an 8-year-old who bled to death af­ter his throat was slit, trig­ger­ing wor­ries re­gard­ing the safety of chil­dren. Pre­lim­i­nary find­ings by po­lice too sug­gested neg­li­gence on the part of the man­age­ment.

“Had the school man­age­ment de­ployed at­ten­dant/ayah, the mishap would have been avoided. It was told that the cry of the child was not heard by any staff. This in­di­cates com­plete neg­li­gence of the man­age­ment towards safety and se­cu­rity,” said the no­tice. HT has a copy of the doc­u­ment.

It was based on the find­ings of a two-mem­ber com­mit­tee that sur­veyed the school and met staff.

“The com­mit­tee can con­clude (the stu­dent) was mur­dered in the toi­let. From the drop off point, walk of around 50 me­tres to take en­try into the main build­ing. Ad­ja­cent to the main gate of the build­ing is a toi­let block af­ter which are the class­rooms. (The stu­dent) was found mur­dered in the toi­let which in­di­cates that he might have been pulled in­side the toi­let and killed there. The toi­let win­dows had no grilles and hence peo­ple can ac­cess eas­ily from out­side.”

HT has re­moved the child’s name from the por­tion quoted above since the case in­cludes sec­tions re­lat­ing to sex­ual abuse, which re­quire victim iden­ti­ties to be pro­tected.

“From the en­tire se­quence of events, it ap­pears that the school is guilty of gross neg­li­gence and failed to en­sure safety and se­cu­rity of the stu­dents in the school.”

The no­tice also ac­cuses the man­age­ment of fail­ing to re­port the in­ci­dent to po­lice and the ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment. The po­lice were in­formed by the victim’s par­ents.

CBSE’s probe found the in­fra­struc­ture was full of holes. “The bound­ary wall does not have enough height and no barbed wire is put above the bound­ary wall, as a re­sult of which any­body can jump and en­ter the school premises...”

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A for­mer driver of cult leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh wants to tes­tify against him in a mur­der case, telling judges who are hear­ing the case that he had ear­lier been co­erced to change his tes­ti­mony to help the Dera Sacha Sauda chief.

Singh was jailed last month for rap­ing two women at the sprawl­ing cam­pus of the cult in Sirsa, a con­vic­tion that trig­gered wide­spread vi­o­lence from his fol­low­ers. His fol­low­ing had earned him con­sid­er­able wealth and po­lit­i­cal power, which many saw as fac­tors that helped him evade the law.

In ad­di­tion to the rapes, Singh is ac­cused of mur­der­ing two men — a jour­nal­ist and a cult fol­lower. The jour­nal­ist who was killed is cred­ited with ex­pos­ing the rapes.

The CBI has said that both were killed be­cause they wanted to ex­pose crimes be­ing com­mit­ted at the cult’s head­quar­ters, which is spread over 700 acres.

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