THE National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has reacted sharply to a diktat,issued by a Haryana village panchayat,banning girl students from dancing at cultural activities in the villages schools.
The NCPCR has now sought a report from the Haryana government within 15 days,with details of the action taken against those who issued the regressive order,particularly the village sarpanch. With village residents arguing that the panchayat orders were in response to certain people drinking inside a school during a cultural program,the central agency has also sought details of the action taken against the offenders.
The notice has been sent by the NCPCR member Vinod Kumar Tikoo to Surina Rajan,principal secretary (Haryana School Education Department) while a copy has been forwarded to Dheera Khandelwal,principal secretary (Haryana Women and Child Development Department).
The NCPCR wants the state government to cover three issues in its report: (a) Action,if any,taken against the people found drinking in the school during the reported cultural program; (b) action,if any,taken against the school principal for not reporting the matter; (c) action,if any,taken against the Sarpanch for issuance of such regressive orders and not seeking initiation of action against people found drinking.
The incident dates back to March 15,when the panchayat of Kinane village in Jind district issued a diktat to three village schools,banning girl students participating in dance functions. According to village residents,the panchayats orders were a result of some people having been caught drinking in a school function,in which,girls were taking part in a cultural program.
While issuing the orders to two private and one government school,Sarpanch Raja Ram justified it by quoting the drinking episode. Dancing results in perversion of the mind,which in turn leads to incidents of crime against women like molestation and rape, Raja Ram had said. Our daughters and sisters are allowed and made to dance in the name of cultural activities in the schools. This is absolutely wrong and corrupting our youths, the resolution sent to the three schools reads.
Sources disclosed that the state government is now looking to take stern action against all those found drinking in the school premises while Sarpanch Raja Ram may also face action for his orders.