The Jammu and Kashmir government has directed coaching centres in the Valley to segregate about 50,000 male and female students to put an end to "the menace of eve-teasing".
"Fresh guidelines have been laid down (for coaching centres) that include separate classes and separate timing for boys and girls, definition of fee criteria, and stress on attendance," said Srinagar deputy commissioner Farooq Shah.
The deputy commissioner met the owners of the coaching centres- which impart coaching to Class 10, 11, 12 and entrance examinations- on Thursday evening, and expressed concern over the growing menace of eve teasing.
In winters, schools in Valley are shut for three months, and students prefer coaching centres to continue with their studies during this period.
"Situation in Kashmir is explosive. Any small incident can snowball into a major crisis," Shah told the owners of the coaching centres.
The measures include closed circuit televisions, segregation of sexes and separate timings. "We have decided to take tuitions of female students in the morning and male students in the afternoon," said GN Var, chairman, Coaching Centres Association (CCA).
The police have also been asked to up its vigil at coaching hubs in Srinagar. The move has come just a week after a teacher, who took private tuitions at home, allegedly raped his 13-year-old student at Srinagar's upmarket area of Barzulla.
"There was an incident of rape recently, where a teacher was involved. It was not a coaching centre, but we have decided to take measures to avoid any unfortunate incident," said Var.
The deputy commissioner has also asked the association to submit complete paperwork of all coaching centres with the authorities concerned within three days.
"The news of a student failing to attend his or her classes has to be conveyed to the parents immediately," says the fresh directive.
The coaching centres' body is also mulling a task force to demolish the coaching centers operating from tin sheds and other such mediocre facilities.
"No coaching centre would be inducted into the association whose coaching centre does not fulfil the criteria laid down by the government," said Var.
The coaching centres are also planning to rope in religious scholars. "They would provide free access to our coaching institutes and deliver religious and moral lessons to both boys and girls," said Var.