The murder of a seven-year-old child at a posh school in Gurugram has drawn sharp criticisms from all quarters. Joining in the chorus is filmmaker-actor-activist Farhan Akhtar.
“I am numb. Words fail me. We speak about crime and then move on. This is the mistake we make and this is what encourages crime.
The lack of accountability and sustained protest. The most frightening thing is, that the monster who did this horrific deed to the child thought he would get away with something so inhuman. I can’t even begin to imagine what the child’s parents are going through,” states the actor.
Farhan is wondering how such potential criminals are employed to protect children.
He continues, “My children are as vulnerable as any other child because at school, their parents are not with them. It is the school’s responsibility to ensure their safety. I think the school administration has failed not just the child, but also proved how damaged our system is,” Farhan added.
To save some money, you employ dubious people to look after homes and schools. What could be more careless and irresponsible?
We immediately need to pass stricter laws against careless employment of unverified people. Because whether they are potential criminals or not is not written on their faces. How do we know that the watchman employed to protect our homes or the bus conductor employed to drive children to school is trustworthy?” asks Farhan.