The magisterial inquiry into the death of six-year-old Devansh Kakrora, a Class I student of Ryan International School Vasant Kunj, highlighted “glaring lapses and serious misconduct” by the school staff.
It has recommended that a case of civil and criminal negligence be filed against the management for maligning Devansh’s name and carrying out a malicious campaign by insinuating he was a “special child”.
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“Whole school team was found lacking in courage and conviction. Failed to perform duties. Carried out malicious campaign. Therefore, a case of criminal negligence must be filed against school management and swimming coach for behaviour shown by them. Higher management should be made accountable for recruiting such staff,” reads the recommendations in the report.
On Thursday, police arrested the principal and four other staff, five days after Devansh Kakrora drowned in a water tank on the campus. The five were held on charges of negligence, and released on bail later, said police.
The report also cited accolades that Devansh received from the school. The report states, “school authorities carried out a deliberate campaign of misinformation to malign his image by insinuating he was a special kid.”It added, “It cannot be ruled out that someone lured the child to crime scene on purpose. Police investigation, post-mortem report can clear the picture.”
The report also stated that the school completely failed in its responsibility to take proper care of the students.
“January 30 was a holiday but the school called small kids for a poetry competition. Hence, they should have been extra vigilant. The class teacher failed to notice the absence of the student for hours. She could not even figure out the proper time when he went missing,” stated the report.
Most importantly, the report states, the time that elapsed due to deliberate inaction by staff in rescuing Devansh amounted to gross negligence. Condemning the school, it said, “Had the time wasted in discussion, calling for a particular person and denial, been utilised in rescuing the drowned child it would have been pivotal in resuscitating him and saving his life.”
The report also puts the class teacher in the dock for suggesting that Devansh get therapy. “The teacher wanted to give therapy to the child. She doesn’t seem to possess any qualification or experience in giving any such treatment.”
Citing his academic prowess, the report said, “Devansh was a bright child and a quick learner as his tests showed he scored 20/20 and 10/10… He had won a gold medal in a mathematics aptitude quiz in school. Yet the school portrays him as some kind of ‘special child’. It was a deliberate campaign against the child… Fuelling such baseless statements is mental harassment. This casts all the more aspersions as to why the school emphasised the child was hyperactive.”
SDM Vasant Vihar Dr Sonal Swaroop, in her report, said the child was found to be bright. DM Sanjay Kumar confirmed the report was submitted late evening.