Bangalore police book nearly 200 principals for non compliance of safety guidelines in city schools
news Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | September 16, 2014 | 09:42 am IST Around 200 owners and principals, of both private and government run schools, have been booked under Section 188 of the IPC (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant, punishable by up to six months of simple imprisonment) by city police for allegedly failing to comply with safety guidelines in schools before the August 31 deadline, states a report by Bangalore Mirror. Following the alleged rape of a six-year-old girl in a school in Bangalore, police on July 26 had issued guidelines to all schools in the city for the safety of children. Schools were asked to comply to the guidelines and were warned of prosecution if they failed to do so, states the report. It is also reported that many school officials thought that the deadline would be extended and thus did not bother about implementing the guidelines after they were issued. However, the principals and owners of only those schools have been booked who did not even begin the process of complying to any of the guidelines. Those schools that have made any effort to implement the guidelines, have been spared. Some of the guidelines include, installation of CCTV cameras inside and outside the school gates, the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) in all school buses, ensuring bus drivers did not mingle with students after they had parked their vehicles, deployment of adequate security guards, etc. On September 3, in a hearing of 13 schools that were against the guidelines, the High Court ordered that at least those aspects of the guidelines that did not involve considerable financial expenses should be followed. And it also ordered the city police to file a criminal complaint against those who did not make '"honest efforts" to comply with at least the security verification aspects of the child safety guidelines by September 15', further states the report. Bangalore Mirror quotes Justice A N Venugopala Gowda as saying during the hearing, "If schools haven't made efforts to comply with even those guidelines like submitting list of employees, including teaching and non-teaching staff, their identity proofs and verification from police, criminal cases will be filed against them".