Angry parents of students of The Shri Ram School, Aravali in Gurgaon, have demanded that the recent incident of a school attendant molesting a child of the primary section be thoroughly addressed.
The parents have expressed their concern about the safety and security of their children in the school.
"Needless to say, my husband and I are disturbed with what has happened," wrote a parent in one of the chain mails being exchanged between parents after the incident.
School chairperson Manju Bharat Ram confirmed the incident involving a boy student and said the culprit was a "contract" employee.
"We have taken appropriate steps to ensure that such an incident is not repeated. We have also spoken to the concerned parents and assured them about the safety of their child. Besides, we are taking steps like not leaving a child alone at any point in time and no male attendants would be allowed in toilets," she said.
But parents do not seem be assured.
"How could such a reputed school be so careless? They need to have a proper security system in place. We are very worried, the school has not informed us about the
incident. They are trying to hush it up instead of addressing the issue properly," said another parent.
Child psychologists say school counsellors do not have the adequate knowledge or expertise to handle such sensitive issues.
"Schools need to have a proper screening policy when recruiting employees who come in contact with children," said Dr Rajat Mitra, a Delhi-based clinical psychologist, who works with cases related to child abuse.