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Police Issues New Guidelines For Schools after Six-Year-Old Raped in Bangalore

Bangalore:  Installing GPS and CCTV cameras in their buses, not allowing bus drivers to mingle with children and issuing identity cards to all those who come to pick up children – these are some of the new guidelines that the Bangalore police has asked city schools to comply with after the alleged rape of a six-year-old in her Bangalore school earlier this month.

“I am issuing an order to all schools under the Karnataka Police act to implement certain guidelines. If they don’t follow we will charge them under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code,” Bangalore Police Commissioner MN Reddi said today.

He also said that the schools must implement these guidelines by August 31.

The girl, a first grade student, was allegedly raped on the premises of Vibgyor High School on July 2 by a skating instructor who was later arrested. On his laptop and mobile, the police found videos of children being raped. 

In 2011, he was sacked by another school, Deen’s Academy, for touching girls inappropriately despite numerous warnings. 

The school said in its letter that Mustafa was fired in December, 2011, for “gross misconduct” but there was “no culpable incident whatsoever” that required them to report him to the police.

The six-year-old student was allegedly assaulted in a classroom at the school.

The incident shocked the city with angry parents and activists demanding action against the school management. 

The man who hired the skating instructor – Rustum Kherawala, chairperson of Vibgyor International School, was arrested earlier this week from Daman, for allegedly concealing information, destroying evidence and failing to protect a child.

The school has remained closed since the horrific crime and is due to open on Monday

Bangalore Schools to Get New Template for Security

Bangalore Parents across Bangalore have conducted a survey to prioritise security measures that need to be implemented immediately in schools. This has been submitted in the form of a memorandum to the state government, which is soon going to make it a template for all schools. Nearly 4000 parents who participated in the survey suggested that the top 10 security measures be brought in schools all over. The government is likely to make this a template by the 28 of July.

The security measures include: 

  • Background verification and psychometric tests to be conducted of teaching and non-teaching staff
  • No child to be left alone at any point, especially near buses, toilets
  • CCTV cameras in classrooms, common areas, corridors, school vans
  • Children should not be given corporal punishment
  • Any incident, accident to child must be communicated to parent
  • No teacher would be allowed to take pictures, video of an individual child

“We want to ensure these are implemented. They will have to agree. We all have asked parents to vote based on priority given the short time. We really cannot compromise on safety of our children.” Anita Kumar, a parent, said.

Most schools in Bangalore outsource transport services for pick up and drop of students of all ages. One demand which has got maximum votes is that a representative of the school should accompany each bus consisting nearly 60 children, from pick up till the time of drop at the gate, may be even home – even if it means a few hundreds more as fees.

Meanwhile, Rustum Kherawala, chairperson of Vibgyor International School in Bangalore, was arrested today, after a six-year-old girl student was allegedly raped in the school premises earlier this month.

“The school chairperson has been booked under POSCO act, even negligence and possible tampering of evidence” said MN Reddi, Bangalore Police Commissioner.

 

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