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Ryan International School murder case: Need to look into white collar and academic crimes at educational institutions
In a sensational twist in the murder case of a seven-year-old boy of Gurugram's Ryan International School, the Central Bureau of Investigation apprehended a class XI student of the same school for murdering Pradyuman of class II in the school's washroom.

It has been reported that the student has confessed to the crime, the CBI told a juvenile court and three-day CBI custody has been given in respect of the suspect. It is being alleged that suspect slit Pradyuman's throat to get a scheduled examination and parent-teacher meeting deferred.

"If the incident is looked at from systemic analysis point of view, it seems to be a white collar academic crime which has roots into unsound psycho-social foundation of the school which examination ridden and subscribes for competition as a value and labelling students. Low achievement scores and hurt self-esteem due to unsound school system pushes students towards unwanted extreme behaviour," said Jaipur-based social psychologist Dr Anita Shrivastava,

According to her, academic cruelty and crimes by educational functionaries such corporal punishment, mental torture, unfair conduct, improper grading, favouritism, deliberate negligence of professional duties, personal bias towards a particular student, disrespect for diversity, sexual harassment, and many more crimes of similar kind often get ignored. In such a situation, the children thoughtlessly get pushed to situation to end own or others' lives.

"Only fair and just teachers and schools produce just and fair students. This can only happen when schools are turned into a community of learners within a larger community of teachers, parents and neighbourhood residents," she signed off.

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