Just days after a 7-year-old boy was brutally killed inside Ryan International School, another 5-year-old girl was raped inside the premises of Tagore Public School in Gandhi Nagar area of the National Capital. As per media reports, the peon has been taken into custody, while the girl is critical.
Speaking to the media, the victim's father said, "The girl returned home in a very critical condition and told her mother about the horrific incident. The mother of the girl then informed me and we rushed her to the hospital. After the doctors observing her, they informed me to call the police and to file a FIR in this matter. I'm glad that the police have arrested the accused and would want strict action against him. The school has not yet taken any action on this matter."
The police have registered a case against the accused under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) and are investigating the matter. Following the incident, the guadians of the students alleged that the school did not check the background of the staff before hiring him.
Meanwhile, in the Ryan International school incident, investigations have revealed that the accused bus conductor was not a verified staff. It was also found that there were multiple security lapses in the premises. For example, lack of CCTV cameras, multiple entry and exit points and lack of police verification of the support staff.
The Parents' Association have posed several questions to the school authority, implying that they were negligent about the safety and the security of the students."How did the knife get inside? How did the conductor manage to get in? Who allowed him to get in? Everyone, including us, is supposed to register at the gate before entering the premises. All these questions are still unanswered," asked one of the parents.
The Parents' committee has also pointed out that as per the guidelines of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), support staff including conductors and drivers cannot access students' toilet. Also the lavatories are supposed to be monitored by the support staff. They are also bound by the duty of checking that no student is taking more than considerable time in the toilet. If that is the case, the staff has to enquire whether he/she is fine. In case the child is a student of pre-primary and primary wing, it is the responsibility of the staff to escort them back to their respective classes.