Condemning the alleged rape of a four-year-old girl in a Kalina school last week, school heads across the city pointed out that there were several precautions schools could take to ensure such an incident does not recur.
On Sunday, Vakola police arrested a watchman of Kalina Education Society for allegedly raping a student of the kindergarten section in the school toilet. The police also arrested a primary school teacher and nanny for warning the child against reporting the incident.
On Tuesday, angry parents had gathered outside the Kalina school to seek answers from the administration. RG Pardesi, senior police inspector of Vakola police station said, “We learnt that parents, along with many others, were going to come to the school to protest and hence we provided security arrangements at the school to avoid any unforeseen incidents caused due to public outrage.”
No case has been registered against anybody. Principals also pointed out that a reliable security system was essential. Some schools have closed circuit television cameras installed in classrooms, as well as a signing in and out system to ensure that students are not picked up from school by strangers.
“When our younger kids come to school, there is always someone there to accompany them, and similarly when they leave there is a teacher who hands them over to their parents,” said Husein Burhani, academic director at DY Patil International School in Worli.
“Parents need to be involved and ensure that in case of young children especially, there is a woman attendant at all times,” said Chandni Mehta, counsellor and director of Jumping Genius Care Centre.