In the wake of rising sexual crimes against children being reported from across the country, the Gurgaon police have ordered city schools to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in buses.
To take steps for the safety of children and ensure speedy implementation of the technology, police commissioner Alok Mittal has spoken to school principals and administrations.
A notice will be sent to the schools by the Gurgaon police soon, asking them to install CCTV cameras to monitor the safety of students, especially girls. “This is a very good initiative. The safety and security of children should be our prime objective. As soon as we receive a written clearance from the Gurgaon police, we will install the cameras,” said Narendra Bhatti, principal of Blue Bells School.
More than 800 schools buses are registered in Gurgaon and parents have often complained of eve-teasing and molestation by bus cleaners and drivers. However, no action has been taken in these cases.
“We have held special sessions for school drivers and co-drivers. In future too, we will be holding camps to provide enhanced training to school bus drivers,” said Ravinder Tomar, ACP (traffic).
Col Pratap Singh, chairman of CCA school, said, “We are following the guidelines for school buses as mandated by the Supreme Court. Every school bus has a teacher to overlook the steady functioning of the bus service. There is no requirement of CCTV cameras in buses as it will be difficult to get footage on a moving vehicle but if we get a written circular, it will be installed.”