Let a Little Boy be Not Victim of Gender Biased Perception


A 7 year old boy who was studying at Ryan International School, Gurugram (Gurgaon) was found dead with his throat slit in the school’s toilet. His father who works as quality officer in a private company dropped him to school at 7.55 AM. At 8.10 AM he received a call from the school authorities that he is found profusely bleeding in the toilet. The boy was taken to the hospital but was declared brought dead.

First of all every life is important and ones gender should not be used as a prism on how to see it. Typically it is the norm that on account of sexual crimes, the name of the victim is not disclosed. Here in this boy’s case his name has been disclosed and it all over in media. One website has even posted the boy’s picture. Typically mainstream media looks cases through a prism of gender and bias starts right there.

Police has contended that Ashok Kumar, a school bus conductor has tried to sexually abuse the boy and killed him. Ashok has been arrested and police said that he has given a statement that he was masturbating in the bathroom when the boy walked in. He killed the boy as he resisted his sexual advances. However, the boy’s father has contended that there should be more to it and demanded a CBI probe.

The women and Child Welfare minister, Maneka Gandhi said she supports all women non teaching staffs in schools. She said this is already included in the National Women’s Policy (draft) which is approved by a group of ministers headed by external affairs minister Sushma Swaaraj and awaiting cabinet approval. Is the minister saying that women are incapable of sexual abuse or murder? Recent research and news have shown that women also commit sexual abuse and crime. Then why the WCD minister is hell bent on removing all non teaching male staff from schools. Will this not affect their livelihood? All the men employed as non teaching staffs in schools have families what will happen to them? Did the minister made any provision of making alternative arrangement for livelihood of non teaching male staffs whom she proposed to remove from jobs? When a crime takes place it should be seen objectively and it should be pursued based on facts. Whoever has committed the crime should be brought to justice. But vilifying men and removing them from jobs will be a greater crime. The gender biased perception of government and society has created numerous hassles for men in particular.

By running gender biased agenda over the years the government has created precarious situation for men where by thousands of men commit suicide every year. There are no proper forum where men can report their problem. When WCD drafts policies on women do they consult men? When a policy on women affects men as well are they consulted properly and represented? Just by taking one sided views and creating policies will take the society only one way – which is down.

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