Ryan student murder case: Put faith in school, didn’t expect it to backfire, says father

“They had to chose between Delhi Public School and Ryan International, and went for the latter because they heard it was better,” said Tarun, Thakur’s younger brother.

Written by Sakshi Dayal | Gurgaon | Updated: September 14, 2017 8:02 am
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Fifteen years ago, when Barun Thakur and his wife Sushma moved to Shyam Kunj in Gurgaon and discovered that a branch of the reputed Ryan International School was in the vicinity, they thought they were in luck.Educated in private, Hindi-medium schools in Jamshedpur, the couple felt that by sending their children — a daughter and a son — to the institution, they were giving them opportunities they never had.

But today — less than seven days after their seven-year-old son Pradyuman was murdered inside the school — the couple are left wondering if a smaller school would have been better. “When you send your child to school, it is like a second home for him… You put a lot of faith in the institution. Nobody would have expected that to backfire this way,” said Thakur on Wednesday, standing outside his three-storey bungalow in Bhondsi, metres from a shivir set up for people to join the family in mourning.

Barun’s days are now spent beneath the canopy, sitting next to a picture of his son, as friends, relatives, neighbours, and dignitaries flock in and out, offering words of comfort in hushed tones, and patting his back consolingly. Most conversations, however, focus more on the case than the memory of the child, remembered by his family as someone who loved mangoes, cricket, and going to school.

Thakur was born in the steel city of Jamshedpur — the first of two sons of a government employee. He completed his schooling as well as college — procuring a degree in science — from private institutions in the city, before heading to Kolkata to pursue designing from a professional college. He first got a job in Badarpur, and 15 years ago, joined Orient Craft in Gurgaon, where he is now a quality manager.

Sushma also pursued her education from a private school and college in Jamshedpur, where her father worked with TISCO. She married Thakur in 2004 and the couple had two children in 2006 and 2010. When their daughter, Vidhi, reached school-going age, the couple’s main aim was to ensure the institution was close by, so that it is convenient for them and safe for their child.

“They had to chose between Delhi Public School and Ryan International, and went for the latter because they heard it was better,” said Tarun, Thakur’s younger brother. Having himself gone to school on foot or cycle all his life, Thakur was keen to ensure the commute was as effortless as possible for his children.

Although the boy initially went to school in a van, Tarun said his parents later decided to drop and pick the children up on their own. “They thought it was safe and the children would always be accounted for,” he said. Having gone to comparatively smaller schools where children were in a secure environment despite dearth of “things like CCTV cameras”, Thakur expected the school would have made necessary arrangements.

“We thought it is such a big institution, and has so many branches. We never imagined we should go and check what their arrangements are. A school by definition is expected to be safe for the child,” he said.

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  1. A
    Sep 14, 2017 at 9:13 pm
    A new knife need not be sharpened. A knife is not a part of the vehicle kit, especially when it has been locally manufactured. The knife even had a sticker label on it that would have been dislodged if it had been used prior to the murder. Next, 3 children who walked in before the boy weren't harmed, but the boy was assaulted almost immediately after entering school and going to the washroom, a regular routine he followed. The nature of the injuries indicate they were premeditated. This boy apparently belongs to the same grade/age group as the other boy (Divyansh) who was murdered at another Ryan branch last year. Did any student/staff transfer from that branch to this one? The conductor was employed at the school for months before the alleged crime do ual predators wait this long to indulge their perversions? If the conductor is in police custody, and names of the key witnesses are not publicly known, for whose benefit are police personnel stationed outside the witness' house
    1. Ramesh Chandra
      Sep 14, 2017 at 5:40 pm
      The death of a child is very painful for parents specially mother, because she gives 80 of his time on children only. I wish that she should recover from the shock soon otherwise she may fall in depression. The other angle of murder should also be taken into account because the window of the bathroom tells some other story.
      1. S
        Sep 14, 2017 at 9:41 am
        Yes..School is second home for the children. If school is not able to protect its children it forfeit the right to exist.
        1. A
          Sep 14, 2017 at 9:37 am
          Ya just like India which is a so called "great and old civilization" is full of rapists and human traffickers where every day hundreds of women are molested and raped, yet we call ourselves "Incredible India"... I think this man who is a victim should stop blaming the ins ution as a sole responsible for what happened to his child... there is also a possibility that he might have some personal enmity by which his child was killed due to revenge.. so there are all possibilities... Ryan International has alumni who are now achievers in their own right... they have taught lakhs of children all over india without any major incidence... this might be the first gruesome incident... painting black the whole Ryan International is like painting Indian Men rapists just because there are few perverts and monsters who have committed that heinous crimes.... I empathize with this guy... but now he is getting over the nerves...and loosing sympathy by lakh of children parents who have studied there
          1. A
            Sep 14, 2017 at 8:53 pm
            you have lost your mind
            1. K
              Sep 14, 2017 at 10:06 pm
              whatever you babbled will not justify the murder of a child, the school MUST be held accountable, and the case should be taken very seriously by the government to bring justice to the victim and his family.