HC notice to state on kids being taken for
Taking a note of media reports, the Calcutta high court on Friday issued a notice to the West Bengal government on school children being taken to participate in a political rally in the city on Thursday. Deepak Prahladka reports.kolkata Updated: Sep 10, 2011 00:03 IST
Taking a note of media reports, the Calcutta high court on Friday issued a notice to the West Bengal government on school children being taken to participate in a political rally in the city on Thursday.
The court sought details of the action taken against the political party and schoolteachers responsible for taking the students of Shyamapur Mathuranath Bidyapith School at New Alipore for the rally.
Chief justice JN Patel and justice Ashim Kumar Roy directed the education department secretary to file an affidavit in this regard on September 16. The judges asked the state to ensure such incidents did not recur.
Members of the All India Democratic Student Organisation (AIDSO), the student wing of SUCI (Communist), had taken around 40 students from the school to the rally against abolition of the pass-fail criteria up to Class 8.
The students' parents ransacked the school premises on learning that a teacher had allegedly forced their children to attend the rally.
The court directive came during the hearing of advocate Tapas Bhanja's public interest litigation against corporal punishment meted out to students. Bhanja placed media reports of students having been taken to the rally before the court.
Lawyers said taking away children without their parents' consent was abduction, and using them for a rally amounted to cruelty, an offence under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000.
But the AIDSO remained combative.
"We were right in taking the school kids to the rally which upheld their rights. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose also took part in agitations when he was only 14," said Kamal Sain, general secretary of the AIDSO.
Sain added they would stage a similar protest on September 26.