NCPCR to move Supreme Court over Vibgyor incident

NCPCR to move Supreme Court over Vibgyor incident

 To fast track the ongoing investigation into the incident of rape of a six-year-old girl at Vibgyor High school in the City, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has decided to approach the Supreme Court.

The NCPCR is also going to make recommendations to the Home department, Education department and the police, said Kushal Singh, chairperson of the commission. It will recommend to the State government to create a database of convicted paedophiles so that at the time of employing, schools and parents can get a background check done. 

Singh was in the City on Thursday to participate in an event “Ensuring protection of children in schools,” organised by the Karntaka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights. She lent an ear to parents, schoolchildren and members of various NGOs who aired their grievances with her.

Singh clarified that the private school managements cannot shirk their responsibility of a child during the school hours. She was replying to a query by a parent from Vibgyor High and was appalled to know that the management had got all the parents to sign documents that the school is not responsible for anything that happens to a child during school hours.

Fundamental right

Coming down heavily on the private school managements, Singh said it is against the constitution, based on which the schools are granted affiliation, to shun the responsibility of students. She added that Right to Protection is every child's fundamental right in the school.

Singh also said schools have no right at all to tell parents to send shadow teachers along with their children if they have special needs. She was reacting to the directive issued by the school post the rape incident.

Admitting that the authorities are quick to frame guidelines and are seldom bothered to ensure that these are implemented at the ground level, she said: “I will ask questions to the State government on behalf of the parents. This matter will be strongly taken up with the government,” she averred.

While most of the discussion was about the Vibgyor incident and its fallout, a large number of students from the Kannada medium government schools also spoke about issues plaguing their schools.

 Most of the students complained about lack of toilets in the schools while some said the toilets in their schools were only for teachers.

On the accountability of play schools and the safety of children who go to such kindergartens, Singh said playschools are the early childhood centres and are governed under the same rules of Ministry of Women and Child Welfare.

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