‘As­sault on kids in school hor­ri­fy­ing’

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - Front Page -

Ever since the in­ci­dent at Ryan In­ter­na­tional School, Gur­gaon, where an eight-year-old boy was found sex­u­ally abused and griev­ously in­jured in the school’s wash­room, the is­sue of child safety in school — or the lack of it — has jolted ev­ery­one. Celebri­ties have joined in the dis­cus­sions, too, hop­ing to ef­fect change.

Ac­tor Renuka Sha­hane posted a mes­sage on Face­book, ex­press­ing her shock and dis­may at the Ryan in­ci­dent and an­other case of a lit­tle girl raped in her school by a peon.

Delhi-based ac­tor Adil Hus­sain says, “I just signed a pe­ti­tion on Change.org — Make Schools Safe For Chil­dren. We need to think why are chil­dren be­ing tar­geted sex­u­ally? Our ed­u­ca­tion only pro­vides skills to get a job. So, we’re a na­tion full of skilled work­ers but what we need to cre­ate is qual­ity hu­man be­ings. We need to rad­i­cally change the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.”

Sonalika Sahay, Delhi-based model and mother of two young daugh­ters, says, “We, as par­ents, ex­pect schools to not only take re­spon­si­bil­ity for our kids’ ed­u­ca­tion but also [of] their safety.”

Vi­jen­der Singh, box­ing champ and fa­ther to a fouryear-old boy, says in fury, “See­ing this news, I was so an­gry! The school is to be blamed. How can they hire a per­son in­volved in any crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties, be it a teacher or a chaprasi (peon)? The In­dian gov­ern­ment should ban the school. An­other fiveyear-old girl was raped. Come on, when will this stop?”

I feel it’s im­por­tant to keep a check on those things even more now. Times are chang­ing, and so are peo­ple. We need ex­tra care SONALIKA SAHAY, MODEL We need to un­der­stand the mind­set of th­ese crim­i­nals. I be­lieve this is hap­pen­ing be­cause we lack a value sys­tem ADIL HUS­SAIN, AC­TOR

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