Flogging case: Child rights body asks Vivek High to allow child continue his education
A week after the UT education secretary was summoned on alleged corporal punishment case at Vivek High School, Sector 38, the national commission for protection of child rights (NCPCR) has issued directions asking the school to allow the child continue his education.
“As per the orders of the National commission for protection of child rights, New Delhi, you are asked to allow the son of Sanjiv Garg to attend the Vivek High School, Sector 38 and continue his education. Before any allegation about behaviour/conduct of a child is made, the school must support it with report from counsellor,” reads the letter issued by the NCPCR.
It was on April 25, when the education secretary, KK Jindal, was summoned by the NCPCR, taking note of the pending complaint.
Meanwhile on April 28, Sanjiv Garg had written to the school authorities stating they have not yet conveyed if his son will be allowed in the school. He had further mentioned that on April 7, when his wife had gone to collect their son’s report card, she was not allowed to enter the premises and the report card was sent to the main gate.
HS Mamik, chairman of the school, said he has not received any such letter from NCPCR and the complainant’s son was allowed much earlier to attend the school.
“It was the father, who was not willing to send his child to the school stating safety issues. The child took the exams, he was promoted as well, what else is needed,” said Mamik.
“We had met the education secretary and told him that we are fine with the child attending the school but he should pay the school fee at least, which has been pending since January. The child is a defaulter.”
To this, KK Jindal said, “I have received a letter from the parents that they wish to continue the education of their child in the same school and I have informed the same to the school. I am told that he has not paid the fee since four, five months.”
Court had ordered to register FIR
District court, Chandigarh, had ordered to register FIR against the management of the said school on March 28, under Section 75, 82 of Juvenile Justice Act, IPC 323, 506, 352, 120 B and under sections 16 & 17(1) of Right to Children to Free Compulsory Education Act, 2009.
What was the case?
On December 30, Sanjiv Garg had blamed the authorities of Vivek High School for ‘brutally beating’ and ‘torturing’ his 12-year-old son. Sanjiv Garg whose son was a student of Class 7 had alleged that the school authorities have been silent over the issue of his son being bullied by other students in the school.
The school authorities had stated that the child was given disciplinary warning after found offering cigarettes to his classmates in the school premises. School had restricted his entry from then but had allowed him to take the exams.
The issue was later taken up by the Chandigarh commission for protection of child rights, which had asked the school to allow the child, continue with the education.
Strap Flogging case NCPCR says before any allegation about behaviour or conduct of a child is made, the school must support it with counsellor’s report