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Zilla Parishad plans committee to study sexual harassment in schools

The city has seen four reported cases of sexual violence against school students in the current academic year.

Written by Ardhra Nair | Pune | Published: February 5, 2015 10:09:33 am
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In the wake of the increasing number of sexual harassment cases coming up in the city, the Zilla Parishad is constituting a committee which will study sexual harassment cases in schools and make a report on how to prevent them.

“There have been many cases of sexual violence against the students in the city and we have also been conducting various programmes for better awareness in students and also teachers about the laws governing the protection of children. Now we are thinking of constituting a committee which will take up these cases and study how to prevent them. This committee will survey schools and understand the problems first. Then it will submit a report with suggestions on what can be done to reduce incidences of sexual violence against kids,” said Mushtaq Shaikh, Education Officer, Zilla Parishad.

The city has seen four reported cases of sexual violence against school students in the current academic year. But so far, none of the school managements have been pulled up by the education department for their alleged negligence. When asked about the status of cases that were pending with the Zilla Parishad, Shaikh said, “The hearing is in process. The final decision will be taken after the hearing is completed.”

In a Government Resolution early this month, a Complaint Redressal Cell for women was made mandatory in all primary, upper primary, secondary and higher secondary schools of all mediums and managements. But till now, there are hardly any schools that have set up such committees.

“Yes, it has come to our notice that schools are yet to set up such committees. We will be sending notices to all schools asking them to set up a committee as per the given guidelines as it is a matter of great importance as it concerns the safety of women,” said Shaikh.

The resolution also asks the local government bodies to get consolidated data of such committees and submit it to the divisional office and also the government urgently.

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