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School authorities assure parents, promise action

Saurabh Trivedi, Hindustan Times  Ghaziabad, November 08, 2012
First Published: 23:56 IST(8/11/2012) | Last Updated: 23:57 IST(8/11/2012)

Two days after the alleged molestation of two three-year-olds at a playschool at Indirapuram, parents called off their protest after the school authorities on Thursday agreed to their demands and also promised to upgrade security and safety measures at the school.

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On Thursday morning, scores of agitated parents sat on a dharna at Mother’s Pride school around 9pm. The protest continued till the CEO of the school arrived and faced the parents on issues such as safety and security of children. During an open debate between the CEO GS Matharoo and the parents, various questions were raised. The CEO later signed a letter, promising to address parents’ concerns at the earliest.

Various demands put forward by the parents included: installation of CCTV-cameras in the entire campus within a week, maintenance and routine helps will not carry mobiles on school campus, entire hierarchy of working staff to be verified by police officials, formation of parent-teacher association to hold regular meetings and also to resolve grievances.

The authorities assured that no staff, other than female employees, will be able to get an entry inside the school campus. Also, a female teacher will be deputed inside the school bus and will leave the bus only after ensuring that the last child is dropped.

“We have agreed to all demands of the parents. An inquiry has been ordered against other management employees over the incident,” Matharoo said. He claimed that the parent of the victim had given an application to withdraw the case lodged on Wednesday at Indirapuram police station against the management employees.

However, station-officer GN Yadav said that no such application was received and once an FIR is lodged, investigations would be carried out. He added that police were constantly searching for persons searching named in the FIR.

The school management clarified that the two employees who were terminated on Tuesday were sacked due to non-reporting of the incident to their senior management. The school will now reopen on November 17.


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