The Supreme Court Friday issued notices to the Centre and all state governments on a PIL, seeking guidelines to curb the rise in cases of sexual abuse of children in schools across the country.
“It (petition) is for a good cause. We will issue notice,” said a bench of Chief Justice of India H L Dattu and Justice A K Sikri, while seeking responses from the governments in four weeks.
The Public Interest Litigation was filed by Vineet Dhanda, seeking directions to the Centre and state governments to ensure safety of children from such heinous acts in schools and other places. Filed through advocate J P Dhanda, the petition said there was neither any guideline nor any law to fix liability of educational institutions in such cases.
While seeking guidelines to stop incidents of sexual abuse of students, the PIL stated: “It is the prime duty of schools, the government and the administration to protect the precious lives of children from being scarred as a result of such dastardly acts. The more disturbing part is that the educational institutions have no liabilities whatsoever fixed by law in case of such offences.”
The PIL referred to recent incidents of sexual abuses of children in several schools across the country.