SC no­tice to Cen­tre, states on safety of stu­dents

The New Indian Express - - INDIA -

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

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