Evidently disturbed and shocked, Renuka Shahane, also a mother, asked the pertinent question — “How do we make things safe for our kids?” She numbered down all the discrepancies and security lapses on the part of the school which resulted in this horrific incident.
The brutal murder of a seven-year-old student of Gurugram’s Ryan International school by a bus conductor has shocked the entire country. The accused had slit Pradyuman’s throat with a kitchen knife after allegedly attempting to sexually assault him inside the school’s washroom on Friday, September 8. Many enraged protesters questioned the security protocol of the school which allowed the bus conductor to use the washroom and raised concerns over why was he allowed to carry a knife into the school’s premises. Actor Renuka Shahane, who is known to often take to social media to take a stand on social and political issues, joined the many who raised their voices to bring the school to accountability and ensure safety of children.
Evidently disturbed and shocked, Shahane, also a mother, asked — “How do we make things safe for our kids?” She numbered down all the discrepancies and security lapses on the part of the school which resulted in this horrific incident. She went on to suggest what as parents and responsible citizens they could do to avoid such mishaps in the future while also emphasising on the emotional and mental repercussions of child sexual abuse.
‘Totally shocked, horrified, dismayed by the brutal murder of a seven year old child at the Ryan International School, Gurugram & a rape of a three year old by a peon in another school in the national capital.
How do we make things safe for our kids? Parents drop their kids to school with the trust that our kids will be safe, protected within these walls of learning. But incident after incident points to laxity about the security of our kids despite the high fees in many “International” schools.
In the case of the Gurugram murder there were so many breaches of security.
1) That the bus conductor or driver were allowed to use the same washroom as the kids.
2) The accused was allowed to carry a knife inside the school.
3) There was no female attendant from the school outside the washroom.
4) When the child screamed there was no one to help immediately.
5) The school management tried to cover up the crime
6) There was a huge breach in the school wall; no doubt a huge risk to the security of the school
All these red flags beg the question whether the trustees, management & Principal of this school should be trusted with the running of a school at all!
Today I read that the accused in the case was a driver at another school just a few metres away from this one and was kicked out after complaints by parents about misdemeanors with their kids. That school suspended his services but refused to make a police complaint. Their refusal to make a complaint must have emboldened the accused.
Not complaining emboldens serial sexual offenders & jeopardizes the lives of innocent children in the perpetrator’s next job!
All of us parents should come together to demand a list of criminals with past cases of misdemeanors against kids circulated in each & every school of our country, both Govt & Private, so that no sexual predator bus driver, conductor, attendant, peon, coach, teacher, principal or trustee with a criminal complaint about child physical or sexual abuse comes within a mile of a job dealing with kids.
This list should also be put up on the site of the Ministry of Human Resource Development as well as the Education Dept sites of each and every State so that parents & schools have access to the list.
We have to stop making it so easy for sexual predators to get away with crimes.
We have to make the Trustees of this school accountable for criminal neglect in playing with safety of the children enrolled in their school.
The school Principal is suspended but what about the Trustees or Chairperson?
Unless a very strong case is made out against them too other schools will not take this issue seriously.
A fervent appeal to all schools; please do not cut corners while appointing staff or bus service. Sexual abuse scars children for ever and a murder as foul as the innocent 7 year old’s in Gurugram leaves the parents with a life full of pain & utter devastation!
Meanwhile after Gorakhpur, 55 infants die in Nashik over a period of a month because of a lack of infrastructure.