SC wants non-negotiable safety norms
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday sought the response of the Centre and all state governments to petition seeking framing of “non- negotiable” child safety conditions and implementation of guidelines to protect school children from sexual abuse and murder. Hearing the petition filed by two lawyers, the Bench issued notices and sought the responses within three weeks.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday sought the response of the Centre and all state governments to a petition seeking framing of ‘non- negotiable’ child safety conditions and implementation of guidelines to protect school children from sexual abuse and murder.
Taking up the petition filed by two women lawyers — Abha R Sharma and Sangeeta Bharti — a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud issued notices and sought responses within three weeks.
The court directed that the petition be tagged with the petition filed by the father of seven-yearold Pradyuman, who was killed allegedly by a bus conductor at Gurugram’s Ryan International School.
In their PIL, the two lawyers have raised the issue of children “being exploited and subjected to
child abuse repeatedly within the boundaries of schools”, and demanded that Central and state governments notify a set of ‘nonnegotiable’ child safety conditions for schools.
They have also sought implementation of existing guidelines of authorities including the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) on prevention of child abuse in schools, including having a “child protection policy which should be understood, explained and signed by all employees or recruits”.