SC notice to Centre, states on safety of students
The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre and states for suggestions to improve security at schools to ensure the safety of students. The bench issued a notice to the Central and state governments and asked them to reply within three weeks. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud issued notices and sought responses from the Union Human Resources Ministry and all state governments and union territories on the plea filed by two women lawyers, Abha R Sharma and Sangeeta Bharti.
The PIL has raised the issue of children “being exploited and subjected to child abuse repeatedly within the boundaries of the schools” and demanded that central and state governments notify a set of “non-negotiable” child safety conditions for schools.
It has sought proper implementation of existing guidelines of authorities including the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) on prevention of child abuse in schools.
Referring to the guidelines, it said every school is required to have a “child protection policy which should be understood, explained and signed by all employees or recruits”.
The guidelines say that each school must have child abuse monitoring committee with two students as representatives and a through police verification was needed before employing a person in a school, it said.
The SC will also hear on Monday the plea of a man, whose 9-year-old son died last month allegedly under mysterious circumstances in a private school in Ghaziabad, seeking a CBI probe in the case.
All new employees must go through a day-long orientation programme on issues relating to child protection within a month of their joining Abha R Sharma and Sangeeta Bharti, petitioners