New Delhi, 21 July
Despite safety measures issued to municipal schools after the sensational rape of a minor on March 1 at a Mangolpuri school, there is little change on ground raising question on the authorities’ claims of seriousness in this regard.
The rape of a seven-year-old girl on March 1 had sparked an outrage over the security lax at city schools under the three municipal corporations, leading to announcements of a number of safety guidelines to be adopted at these institutions.
But even as the new session started almost a fortnight ago, school principals have said that they remain dissatisfied with the security measures in place.
“There is one chowkidar at the school but no security guard or attendant,” said Nam Pal Singh, principal of the primary school at Raj Nagar under South Delhi Municipal Corporation.
“In the evening shift, about 1000 children attend classes. In the absence of a guard and a low boundary wall, security is a major issue,” he said.
“I have repeatedly demanded that the height of boundary wall be raised but to no avail. There is a senior secondary school right beside the primary one and students from there are constantly scaling the wall to enter its premises,” he added.
In fact, the North Corporation in wake of the Mongolpuri incident constituted a committee which ruled that every school must have an attendant, a chowkidar, a security guard, CCTV camera monitoring as well as mandatory I-cards for staff coming in to serve midday meals. The South and East Corporations too had agreed that similar measures were indeed necessary. But little has changed on ground despite five months passed.