To discourage the roadside Romeos from bothering the girl students studying in its schools, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has proposed to increase the height of the boundary walls of its schools. According to the new proposal, all walls will be raised to 10 feet.
At present, the 1,639 MCD schools have walls with different heights, which make them unsafe as people on the roads can easily peep inside. However in 2012, the MCD aims to make the walls taller to avoid encroachment as well as ‘unwanted attention’ towards students and teachers. The proposal also includes building of a guardroom in all schools.
“If the proposal is passed, it will ensure more safety for the 10 lakh students studying in MCD schools,” said Mahendra Nagpal, chairman of education committee of MCD.
MCD is taking the step after a few cases of misbehaviour and harassment came up in the past few years. In 2008, a girl was raped inside a school premises.
“When walls are short, strangers can peep into the school and it can impact the safety of the children. Also, guard rooms are important because at present, MCD guards do not have adequate arrangements for them,” added Nagpal.
Apart from that, all new MCD school buildings will be built by private agencies instead by its own engineers. Some of MCD’s school buildings are decades old and need to be rebuilt.