The grant of a panchayat will be 'suspended' if it does not co-operate with the head of the government school in the village to deal with complaints of eve-teasing and takes steps to ensure the security of the women staff as well as girl students in future.
This was disclosed by DPS Kharbanda, district magistrate-cum-deputy commissioner, Ferozepur, while talking to 'Hindustan Times' here on Wednesday.
"It's been generally reported that miscreants, particularly boys of the village and surrounding areas, as and when found 'involved' in eve-teasing or disturbing women staff, usually go scot-free following alleged political pressure, particularly of the village panchayat or its members. Therefore, the panchayats of the district have been told to extend full co-operation to school heads to deal with such complaints in future," added the DC.
"In case any village panchayat does not help the school head or parents to take action against eve-teasers or tries to shelter bad elements, the development grant of such a panchayat will be suspended," said Kharbanda.
Meanwhile, school heads have been instructed to let girl students, especially of plus one and plus two, go home 15 minutes before school off timings, added the DC.
To further infuse a sense of security among girls and make them self-dependent, all government school girls would be provided with 'pepper spray' free of cost to protect themselves from eve-teasers.
Moreover, free martial arts training would also be provided to all girls of government schools as part of the school curriculum free of cost, added the DC.
The deputy commissioner also presided over a meeting on ensuring security of women, especially girls of plus 1 and plus 2 classes besides the women staff, which was attended by heads all the government senior secondary schools of this border district. Jagsir Singh, district education officer (secondary) and other officials were also present at the meeting.
Steps to ensure safety of girl students
No pressure from panachyats to protect accused in eve-teasing cases acceptable
Girl students to be allowed to go home 15 minutes prior to boys in the evening
Girls to be provided with 'pepper spray' to protect themselves in emergencies
Free martial arts training to girls in schools