School says child rights body harassing it, moves HC

School says child rights body harassing it, moves HC

A school has challenged the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights' summons in the high court regarding an alleged corporal punishment to a student.

The rights body had issued the summons to New Blossoms Educations Society, Bagalagunte, on September 27, following a complaint by the Bengaluru ChildLine.

The petitioner said the student referred in the false complaint would trouble the children in the school and the parents of the child were informed about it. They then complained to the childline about the school.

The petitioner said the headmistress of the school appeared before the commission following the summons. However, the school was not given a chance to explain, and also the panel did not even consider the materials the school submitted.

Instead of conducting an enquiry into the complaint, the rights' body officials visited the school premises and carried on an inspection without any prior notice, the petitioner contended.

Thus, the commission did not follow the procedures under Section 14 and 15 of The Commission for Protection of Child Right Act 2005, the petitioner said.

The commission issued a letter to the school on October 5 directing to provide all documents and to allow it to inspect the school's premises and buses and its registers, the petitioner said.

The commission also directed the school to assist with the enquiry and said action would be taken against the school authorities if they show any resistance.

The petitioner also contended that the secretary of the school, who is also the state general secretary of the Associated Management of English Medium Schools in Karnataka, has taken up the issue of grievances of the private school management against the commission, and hence the school has been troubled.

The petitioner sought the court to direct the respondents to not to harass the school on the basis of the false complaint and to quash the letter, which is without jurisdiction.

Adjourning the hearing of the case, Justice S Sujatha directed it to be listed with similar petitions after vacation.