A day after Divyansh (6), a class I student of Ryan International School in Vasant Kunj, died after allegedly falling into the school water tank, his father accused the school of foul play, arguing that there was no chance of his son falling into the tank by mistake.
“The room which houses the tank was locked, and the tank was in one corner of that room. Moreover, there were pipes everywhere because of which there was hardly any room for anyone to move, unless they crawl, and the cover of the tank weighed 20 kg. Which six-year-old can manoeuvre through these complex routes and also lift a 20-kg lid, only to fall in accidentally?” said R H Meena, Divyansh’s father, a radiology technician at AIIMS.
Meena, who lives with his wife and three-year-old daughter Peehu in Sultanpur, said the incident has made him change his mind about his daughter’s education.
“I had filled forms for Peehu’s nursery admission in many schools, including Ryan International School. I had specifically filled the sibling form in Ryan, thinking she could study with her brother. But now she’ll study at home. I won’t send her to school, any school. I have lost all faith in them. Humne unhe apna bachcha diya aur unhone hume ek lash wapas ki (we gave them our child, and they returned a corpse to us),” said Meena.
Accusing the school authorities of covering up the crime, he alleged that his son was killed. “My guess is somebody took him there, and did something to him before throwing him inside the tank. My son couldn’t have wandered in. If there was no cover- up, why were we informed of the incident three hours later and that too not the correct information?” said Meena,
He has claimed that he got a call from the school, informing him that his son had sustained a “minor injury”. Despite asking questions repeatedly, the school authorities refused to divulge what had happened to his son, he added.
“When I went to the hospital, the principal and the teachers told me to keep quiet and tried to shoo me away. If someone is not guilty of a crime, do they behave like this? Today was my son’s funeral, but I did not get a single phone call from the school offering condolences. Even strangers show sympathy during such times, then why can’t the school? Unless they are guilty of something,” said Meena.
Refuting charges of his son being called a “special child” or “hyperactive”, Meena said school authorities were not qualified to make these judgments. “Are they teachers or doctors? My child was naughty but not hyperactive. Sometimes he wouldn’t listen to me, so I started taking him for annual check-ups to the AIIMS counsellor. He wasn’t under any medication,” he said.
“Even if one is to agree with the school that my child was ‘special’, didn’t they know that in the past three years that he had been studying there? In that case, they should have been all the more careful. It is the school’s responsibility to take care of our children, and if they were not able to handle him, why didn’t they throw him out?” he added.