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Child abuse: Parents demand action

india Updated: Nov 08, 2012 02:04 IST
Saurabh Trivedi
Saurabh Trivedi
Hindustan Times
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A day after the alleged molestation of two pre-schoolers by a caretaker of Indirapuram’s Mothers Pride came to light, angry parents gathered at the premises and shouted slogans against the management, demanding action.

The parents of one child forwarded their complaint to the local police and an FIR was lodged against two management employees under section 504 and 506 of IPC in the evening.

There was a huge police presence at the school where over 100 parents had come to protest. The parents demanded strict action against the management and asked that the school’s chairperson meet the parents in Indirapuram.

“Eight children from my family come to this school. If such a shameful act happens inside such a renowned school, then what options are we left with? School authorities can’t escape the responsibility,” said Deepak Luthra, a parent.

Sarita Sayal, the director of Mothers Pride, said, “We have sacked three employees of the school and have strictly banned the entry of any male member inside the school premises. We are investigating the matter internally to find out the loopholes that led to the shameful act.”

But parents were not convinced.

“How will the school authorities ensure the safety of day-care students who are kept in the school till 7pm? We are concerned about our child’s future as we can’t go to other school during mid-session,” said another parent Uttam Panda.

Parents have raised questions about the non-installation of CCTV cameras inside the school premises and questioned the school officials about security measures.

Probe ordered
District magistrate Aparna Upadhyaya has ordered an inquiry into the incident and sought a detailed report from the basic education officer.

“It was a case of criminal negligence inside the school premises. I have instructed the police to take the complaint seriously,” she added.

On the September incident, the DM said the basic education officer said in his report that the teacher was not present inside the school bus. “The matter is under investigation,” she said.

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