HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014

Overage children to stay at Prayas School, for now

Neha Arora, Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, May 10, 2014
First Published: 21:39 IST(10/5/2014) | Last Updated: 21:41 IST(10/5/2014)

Taking note of the report published in Hindustan Times, Prayas School president Vani Venkatratnam and its vice-president and municipal corporation joint commissioner Anupam Kaler on Saturday held a two-hour meeting with the parents of the special children assuring them of time-bound probe into sexual harassment charges.


They also assured that the overage students will not be sent to their homes pending the next decision.

The parents of mentally-challenged students at Prayas School, run by the District Red Cross society, on Friday had alleged that their wards were not secure as school vice-principal Pitamber Verma beat up and misbehaved with them. They also denied to take their children back home who are above 15 years of age as per the Indian Red Cross guidelines.

A high drama occurred when the parents asked the president to hold the meeting without the committee member and social worker Parminder Beri who had asked the parents earlier to send their children to Pingalwara.

The president agreed to hold the meeting without Parminder. The parents discussed issues one by one with the president.

On the issue of parents refusing to take their overage wards back home, the president said, "We will find out the way. Even if we have to take decision according to the Red Cross Society guidelines, we will provide training to parents to deal with such children before taking them out."

The school presently has 67 children of which 25 are above 15 years of age.

The Red Cross Society in a proposal is planning to send the overage students to their homes.

Bal Gopal Mandbudhi Vidyarthi Abhibhawak Association, the parents' association, demanded that the children should be kept at the school since they would not be able to adjust in the outside world, adding that the authorities should remove the vice-principal at the earliest.

Vani said, "The inquiry has been marked by the deputy commissioner over the allegations of sexually harassment and of beating children by the vice-principal."

On the demand of the association to keep at least three parents in the management committee for decision making instead of appointing all social workers, she said the decision was welcome and a fresh committee would be formed in which parents would also be included as members.?


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