Ryan International Schools are a group of private schools in India, founded by Dr. A. F. Pinto in 1976. The Ryan Group started its first school in Mumbai and as of now has 186 schools located in 18 states within India and some others outside India too. Ryan International is in lime light and controversies in last few years for criminal activities in its several schools.
A seven-year-old boy was found dead inside the washroom of the Gurugram-based Ryan International School on September 8, 2017. The Class II boy’s body was discovered by fellow school students at around 8 am – the child was found with his throat slit and a knife near his body.
Later that night, Gurugram Police arrested a bus conductor, identified as Ashok Kumar, employed by Ryan International School. Police claimed that the killer attempted to sexually abuse the boy before murdering him.
Ashok, the conductor, confessed to murdering the child. He said that he killed the boy after the 7-year-old resisted his attempts to sexually abuse him.
Post the mishap, the boy’s parents refused to accept the dead body, which later led to a protest march to the Gurgaon Police commissioner’s office. The parents, accompanied by other protesters, demanded that police solve the murder at the earliest and immediately arrest the killers.
In a major twist, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on November, 2017 detained a Class XI student of the same school in connection with the gruesome murder of the toddler.
The detention has been made under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 302 (punishment for murder) and Section 25 of the Arms Act. Post the arrest, the father of the Class XI student confirmed the detention but alleged there is a conspiracy to frame his son.
The CBI said the Class XI boy committed the murder to get the scheduled exams and parent-teacher meeting postponed. Till this arrest, the school bus conductor was believed to be the prime suspect. The CBI further revealed that the culprit showed no signs or “regret” or “abnormal behaviour” whatsoever in front of his family or friends; nor did he discuss the incident with anyone, including his best friends.
Reading out the order, Additional District and Sessions Judge Rajni Yadav said that since the bus conductor was exonerated by the CBI and a juvenile was apprehended in connection with the crime, he was allowed bail as right to liberty under the Indian Constitution. He was granted bail against a surety of Rs. 50,000.
The CBSE has told the Supreme Court that the student’s death in a Gurgaon school could have been averted, had school authorities discharged their duties and responsibilities with care and sincerity, a lawyer said on Thursday.
The board has also listed various alleged lapses on the part of the school management, the lawyer for student’s father said.
His father has since moved the apex court on the matter.His counsel said that the CBSE affidavit in the apex court points out that the school management failed to provide basic amenities on the campus.
“The Ryan management never provided portable drinking water to students. There was no reverse osmosis plant. Water drawn from a bore well was supplied on the campus,” Tekriwal said quoting the affidavit.
He said the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) also said there were no ramps, no closed-circuit television at prominent places on the campus, and classrooms not in use on two floors of the school building were not put under lock and key.
Tekriwal said many serious irregularities and security lapses have been pointed out in the CBSE affidavit, like no attendant to accompany students to washrooms, no separate toilets, bathrooms, and restrooms for children and non-teaching staff.
The lawyer said police was not informed immediately after the crime and no FIR was registered by the school management. There was also the absence of a boundary wall of sufficient height and barbed wire on the school’s peripheral walls.
A group of hackers who call itself ‘Team Kerala Cyber Warriors’ on September 14, 2017 evening took down the education institution’s website, defacing it with a photo and text tribute to Pradyman Thakur, the seven-year-old boy who was murdered within the school, Gurgaon.
The student’s father said his stand on the while issue had been vindicated by the CBSE affidavit in the apex court and expressed the hope that they will get justice.