On Thursday, the parents of a nine-year-old Arman Sehgal, who died at GD Goenka school, Indirapuram in Ghaziabad a month ago have requested the Supreme Court to order a CBI inquiry into his death.
Arman died after he went out of his classroom to get his pencil box when he allegedly slipped and fell in a corridor on the second floor of the school building on August 1. His parents lodged an FIR under Sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 201 (destruction of evidence) against the school authorities of the Indian Penal Code.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra has agreed to hear the parents' plea on September 18. The Magisterial probe ordered on August 4 is yet to be submitted. The parents have alleged foul play as they claim that his post-mortem report clearly indicates fracture of the base of skull and fracture of the nasal bone.
Gulshan Sehgal, Arman’s father has claimed that a probe is required by CBI for a thorough and fair investigation as the school management has already destroyed evidence in the case.
This is the second plea for a CBI probe is second such request made to the Supreme Court this week as a petition to seek CBI probe was filed by Pradyuman’s father, an eight year old boy who was found in the school’s bathroom with his throat slit. He was a student of Ryan International School, Gurgaon.
These cases have triggered mass outrage and debate across the country over security of students in schools. The death of Arman and Pradyuman, along with the news of rape of a 9 year old girl by the school peon, have caused the public to ask the question whether school authorities are taking appropriate measures to ensure the safety of their students. For families who trust a school to look after their child for the better part of a day, handing over the responsibility of their children is turning into a constant fear.
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