‘Assault on kids in school horrifying’
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