The interim report of North municipal corporation on the alleged rape of seven-year-old student last Thursday in a municipal school in Mangolpuri was submitted on Tuesday. The report refrained from any conclusive statement about involvement of the school staff in the incident,but suggested that the entry of an unknown person cannot be ruled out.
According to the interim report,statements of school staff and of principals were taken.
The map of the school was studied and photograph of the spot was also attached with the report.
It is unlikely that anyone can go to room 18 the spot of the rape unnoticed during recess as teachers were having lunch in front of room 19 and a library volunteer was in front of room 17 during the time when the victim said the incident took place. Delhi Police registered the case and is investigating the matter and,hence,it would not be advisable for us to comment on the matter, the report stated.
During discussion with the staff and school principal,it has emerged that parents of some students come to the school during lunch hour. So there is chance of somebody unknown entering the school. People working for an NGO come to distribute mid-day meal to students and,during that time,the school gate remains open. Entry of outsiders cannot be ruled out. It is also noted that some parents and students meet the principal after school hours,which must be monitored. Considering the nature of crime,age of the victim and police investigation,committee has refrained from questioning the child and her parents so far.
With several evidence yet to be collated and a police investigation in progress,the committee submitted the interim report only to suggest measures to make schools safer. The final report will be given in due course, the report stated.
Municipal commissioner P K Gupta said the report suggested measures for increasing security of the students in municipal primary schools in North Delhi. These measures include: Each school should have a school attendant and chowkidar by April; a security guard to man the main gate during school hours; to keep only one gate open; and,to expedite the process of installing CCTV cameras on school premises.
Other measures include that class teachers be made accountable for the security and safety of students of their respective classes during the recess and under no circumstances should any child be allowed to leave the school premises without approval of the principal.
It has also recommended increasing the height of the school boundary walls or putting in iron grills and barbed wire fencing.
Also,the report suggests that the staff coming in to deliver mid-day meals be verified by the the local police and their details along with photographs be kept in the principals office.
A register shall be maintained at the gate. Liaison must be maintained with the local police by the respective principals to ward of any untoward incident by stepping up police vigil.
Steps suggested in report
Each school should have a school attendant and chowkidar by April
A security guard to man the main gate during school hours
Class teachers be made accountable for the security and safety of students of their respective classes during the recess
A register shall be maintained at the gate
Liaison should be maintained with the local police by the respective principals to ward of any untoward incident