India school staff held over pupil murder

Violet Powell
September 12, 2017

There were widespread protests after the incident.

"It also mentioned that CCTVs must cover all critical areas of school premises, including entry and exit points, and even entrance to toilets, which was not there", said Surjewala. His throat was nearly completely slit.

It was also unclear whether the remaining trustees could also be implicated in the case that has snowballed into a major national issue concerning safety and security of children in schools.

The guidelines aim to ensure children's safety from abuse - verbal, physical or sexual - by any staff, be it teaching/non-teaching/contractual, older students or any other person while on the campus or on the transport route.

The vile murder has landed a school bus conductor in jail, who seemingly has confessed to his crime-police custody confessions are not admissible in court. Schools also accord low priority to another essential requirement - safety audits.

"The victim after being stabbed in his neck, struggled and crawled taking the help of walls outside the toilet when a fellow student and the gardener noticed him", said Ashok Bakshi, deputy commissioner of police, south Gurgaon to the media. Though the Delhi police had recorded the death under Section 304 (a) of the Indian Penal Code, dubbing it a death by negligence, his parents alleged that it was a pre-meditated murder. Another worrying detail was that the school hired staff without conducting proper background checks and police investigation.

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Locals who had joined the agitation set ablaze a liquor shop close to the school, ANI reported. The victim's family and parents of other students, however, have been demanding a CBI probe, alleging a bigger cover-up. Police resorted to baton charge to quell the protests.

"Police are doing their job".

Varun told Hooda that how it is possible that the crime took place within 15 minutes and why didn't school management tell him about the serious condition of their kid.

The state government has directed the Gurgaon Police to book the owner of Ryan International Albert Pinto under the Juvenile Justice (care and punishment act) Act. "Trying to prevent an accused from being represented in court tantamounts to subverting justice".

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has asserted that there will be no leniency and the school management will be held accountable.

The educational institutions, be they government, government-aided or private-unaided, have been asked to report compliance by September 30.

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