Hundreds of parents held protests outside Ryan International School in Navi Mumbai.
New Delhi: Seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur, who was murdered in Gurgaon's Ryan International School last week, was not sexually assaulted and died of excessive bleeding, the doctor who conducted the post-mortem said on Tuesday. Pradyuman was slashed on the neck twice with a knife and one of the wounds severed a nerve that made him incapable of crying for help, the postmortem report said. The alleged assailant, school's bus conductor Ashok, is now in judicial custody. Hundreds of parents held protests outside the Navi Mumbai branch of the school for the fifth day on Tuesday, demanding better security for students. Union ministers Maneka Gandhi and Prakash Javadekar will look into the matter at a high-level meeting today.
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"The child died due to excessive bleeding. There was no sexual assault on the minor and no semen marks were found on his school dress," news agency PTI quoted doctor, who conducted postmortem.
"Only Ashok has murdered Pradyuman, no other person is involved," said senior police officer Birem Singh. The officer said during questioning, two children said Ashok was present in the toilet before the incident.
Among the measures suggested are having women employees as support staff in schools and school buses, having strict norms for employing them and screening educational films on child sexual abuse in schools.
Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told NDTV on Tuesday that education was the duty of the government and it was a "mistake" to "trust private schools". It was time the schools were made accountable, he said.
"There were rules earlier, but nobody to monitor their implementation. Today you will make a few more rules... Authorities only wake up after an incident like this," Varun Thakur, the father of the murdered boy, said on Tuesday.
The Bombay High Court has granted interim protection from arrest to Ryan International Group's founding chairman Augustine Pinto, 73, and his wife, managing director Grace Pinto, 62, till Wednesday. Their son Ryan Pinto, the group's Chief Executive Officer, had also applied for anticipatory bail.
On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a notice to the Centre and the Haryana government after Varun Thakur filed an appeal seeking a CBI probe into his son's murder and safety guidelines for children in schools.
Two officials of the Ryan International School have been arrested after an investigation pointed at serious security lapses at the school. The report of the investigating team said many of the school's CCTV cameras were not working and part of the boundary wall was missing. Also, the support staff were using the same toilets as students since there was no separate toilet facility for them.
The body of the 7-year-old, a student of Class 2, was found inside the toilet of Ryan International School on Friday. His throat had been slit. The police said bus conductor Ashok has confessed that he tried to sexually assault the child and killed him when he resisted.