Even as the country was reeling from the news of the cold-blooded murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh in the South Indian city of Bengaluru last week, the murder on Friday morning of a seven-year-old class 2 student inside the premises of the school near the capital Delhi has shocked civil society.
The crime took place inside the toilet of Ryan International School, Gurgaon, a city just southwest of New Delhi in northern India. The boy had been dropped off by the father along with his elder sister, studying in the same school.
Even before the classes could begin, the boy was found outside the school toilet, crawling and bleeding profusely before he died.
The student’s throat was slit allegedly by the school bus conductor, Ashok Kumar, after he tried to sexually assault the boy.
Three other students of Ryan International School had gone to change their uniform had spotted the 42-year-old suspect inside the toilet. CCTV footage also helped the police in tracing the movements of individuals on the premises and under questioning, the bus conductor confessed to the killing.
It has also been reported that the suspect was earlier sacked from a private school at Ghamroj, 5km from Ryan International School, for his “sexually predatory behaviour”. No police case was filed then.
Hundreds of agitated parents and general public staged protests outside the school since yesterday and the police had to resort to mild caning, and detained 20 of them, on Sunday when the protestors set fire to a liquor store near the school.
Meanwhile, parents of the seven-year-old have demanded an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation, and have expressed doubts whether the police have found the real culprit.