The recent murder of 7 year-old Pradhyumn Thakur, a standard II student at the Ryan International School, Gurgaon, has jolted the public out of their reverie that children are generally considered safe in schools.
The past decade has shown that schools are no longer the safe havens that parents assume them to be. Apart from earlier incidents of children being run over by school buses, locked into classrooms, and being sexually assaulted, these fearful incidents have gathered momentum and in recent years, the situation has escalated to an alarming proportion.
Apart from the fact that birth control has disappeared from Indian healthcare, there is little to indicate that our infants are doing well. In fact, India has one of the highest infant mortality rates, and one in five deaths under the age of five, across the world, happen in India. At least, 9.9 lakh babies die in India due to lack of proper vaccines. Most of these deaths are vaccine preventable, and infections such as pneumonia, sepsis and diarrhea, treatable.