Girls to take wash­room break in pairs, says north body cir­cu­lar

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Girls in North Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion schools will be al­lowed to use wash­rooms in pairs only, a new cir­cu­lar by the north civic body read on Thurs­day.

“We have asked school prin­ci­pals to send at least two girls to the wash­room at a time, so that in case of an emer­gency, one of them can raise an alarm. The stu­dents in pri­mary school (till Class V) are very young and we don’t want them to be left alone,” said Preety Agar­wal, mayor of North Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion.

The civic body’s de­ci­sion comes af­ter an eight-year-old boy was mur­dered in Ryan In­ter­na­tional School, Gur­gaon.

Ex­perts, how­ever, be­lieve the new rules should been ap­pli­ca­ble for all stu­dents, ir­re­spec­tive of their gen­der. “The ini­tia­tive is good and has al­ready been im­ple­mented by some pri­vate schools. But see­ing the se­ries of in­ci­dents re­ported in the past few days, we think that young boys are equally vul­ner­a­ble,” said SK Bhatta- charya, president of School Ac­tion Com­mit­tee, an um­brella body for pri­vate schools in Delhi.

The civic agency has also de­cided to sep­a­rate the toi­lets for staff and stu­dents so that no adult can use those meant for kids.

The school prin­ci­pals have been di­rected to en­sure that no stu­dent is left alone with any out­sider, even mem­bers of non-gov­ern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions. Also, a reg­is­ter must be main­tained for record­ing move­ment of all out­siders. The en­try of guards and san­i­ta­tion work­ers in the school premises should be banned af­ter duty hours .

“The cir­cu­lar also ad­vises keep­ing school gates closed, lock­ing classes/ar­eas not be­ing un­used, main­tain­ing record of trans­port ve­hi­cles and check­ing all classes be­fore and af­ter clos­ing of school,” said an of­fi­cial.

SUSHIL KU­MAR/HT FILE

The school prin­ci­pals have been asked to en­sure that at least two girls go to the wash­room at a time.

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