An autopsy into the murder of an eight-year-old student of Ryan International School didn’t establish sodomy but other forms of sexual assault cannot be ruled out, the doctor who conducted the procedure said on Tuesday.
A 42-year-old bus conductor, Ashok Kumar, was arrested after publicly confessing to slitting the throat of the Class 2 student who he allegedly tried to sexually abuse inside the private school’s toilet on Friday.
Dr Deepak Mathur, who conducted the autopsy at Gurgaon civil hospital, said the boy was not sodomised and no semen marks were found on his school uniform.
But a forensic report might be able to answer if any sexual attempt, say oral sex, was made before the murder, he added.
The boy’s parents think there is more to the murder that has triggered public outrage and raised concern about safety measures in schools.
They suspect their son was killed because he must have seen some dirty secret in the school.
“It is not possible that my son was killed within 10 minutes of entering the school without any motive,” said the father, who wants a CBI investigation and have filed a suit in the Supreme Court.
He wants to know why no one heard the boy screaming when the crime happened close to classrooms of the school in Bhondsi, near Gurgaon.
Dr Mathur ruled out the possibility of the child raising the alarm as his windpipe was slit and he bled to death “in about a minute” from two deep knife attacks.
“The accused had overpowered him and the second cut, which was very deep, led to his death. The boy must have struggled for a minute before he succumbed to his injuries,” he said.
The victim could have survived if he did not sustain a second cut, Mathur said.
As the murder continued to rivet the nation, Union ministers Maneka Gandhi and Prakash Javadekar decided to hold a high-level meeting on Wednesday to design a protocol to prevent sexual abuse and other crimes in schools.
The investigators turned their focus on the management of the Ryan group that has schools across the country.
The Bombay high court granted interim protection from arrest to the group’s founders Grace and Augustine Pinto till Wednesday. They had sought anticipatory bail.
The murdered boy’s father has accused the school management of lax security on the campus, a fact corroborated by a government-appointed inquiry committee.
The panel found that around 40 adult staff, including drivers and conductors, shared toilets with students. Washroom windows were broken and there were no guards.
There are allegations that the school authorities tampered with evidence, cleaning out bloodstains from the toilet floor and the boy’s water bottle.
The murder suspect was remanded in judicial custody, after a potency test and his clothes were sent for DNA tests.
A magistrate recorded the statements of three junior school students, who were in the toilet when Kumar walked in. The three students, who had gone to the toilet to change clothes for their taekwondo class, crossed the victim in the corridor on their way out.
The bus conductor was arrested after they identified him in the surveillance camera video.