SC wants non-ne­go­tiable safety norms

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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”.

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