The horrific gang-rape incident of December 16 shook the nation, prompting the south civic body to come up with a slew of measures - self-defence training, lady security guards and CCTV cameras - for the safety of girls.
The civic body is now set to make a fresh addition to the list by starting moral education classes for women for which an amount of Rs. 25 lakh has been earmarked.
"Moral education lessons are being imparted at all schools under the jurisdiction of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation. Under this, students are taught what is 'right' and 'wrong' in a bid to promote values," a South corporation official said. The official said students from Class I to V of all 558 schools will fall under the purview of this move.
The moral education module was beyond the set curriculum of the classrooms, he said. "An additional budgetary provision for hiring experts from various fields, who can come and interact with the kids and teach them valuable lessons, has also been earmarked in the budget to the tune of R1 crore," the official claimed.
South mayor Sarita Chaudhary said around 3,41,000 students in the corporation schools will get high-level security. "Stringent measures, as proposed in the budget by the education committee, will be taken to ensure the safety of kids," Chaudhary said.
Earlier in late December, in what seemed like a knee-jerk reaction to the gang-rape incident that took place in South Delhi, the South civic body had organised a workshop on self-defence for around 100 people at the SP Mukherjee Civic Centre.
"CCTVs have been installed in two schools in West Delhi on a pilot project basis. The tender process is on to have women security guards at schools. The 212 schools for girls will be given priority in the first phase," the official said.
The North corporation, too, has proposed CCTV cameras and self-defence training in its budget, while the East body has set aside Rs. 1 crore towards providing self-defence classes to students, for which women security officers will be hired."Around 139 schools have already been identified where barbed wire will be placed or the boundary walls raised," a North official said.