Case BriefsHigh Courts

Uttaranchal High Court: A Division Bench comprising of Rajiv Sharma, ACJ. and Sharad Kumar Sharma, J., gave directions to ensure safety of school students from the moment they leave their home to when they reach back to the same.

The petitioner has brought before the Court a case of sexual assault committed on a student inside a school van in the State highlighting the barbaric nature of the act, which he assets to have increased with an alarming rate and thus he pleads to look into the matter with sensitivity as safety and security of students was a grave issue. The petitioner has also attached details of the recent crimes committed against the girl child in District Nainital.

The petitioner brought into light the threats attributed towards the parents of the students by a few persons in allegiance with the school administration in order to dissuade them to pursue the matter. Hence it was the responsibility of the School Administration/Management to ensure the safety of every student by taking necessary remedial steps to address this menace.

Accordingly:

  • Every Private School bus shall deploy female staff mandatorily entrusted with the duty to pickup and drop the student safely, information of which shall be communicated to parents through SMS along with GPS in the vehicle to locate its movement.
  • Deploy only those persons who have their roots in the city as drivers and conductors to transport the students.
  • Every transport vehicle was ordered to be fitted with the CCTV live display which should be available with the school along with CCTV cameras in the school premises.
  • Provide students with identity card fitted with electronic chip providing location of the student to the parents through mobile application/ software throughout the State.
  • Verification of the credentials of each and every staff member shall be done by the police.
  • The Senior Superintendent of Police, Nainital was directed to lodge FIR within 48 hours if the school fails with the dereliction of the above directions.

The Court concluded by cautioning the authorities to act with responsibility by complying the above directions failure of which, the court would not hesitate to recommend the cancellation of their affiliation/recognition. [Aklema Parveen v. State of Uttarakhand, 2018 SCC OnLine Utt 860, Order dated 25-09-2018]

Case BriefsSupreme Court

Supreme Court: After the father of the 7-year-old, who was found dead last week in a toilet of Ryan International School in Gurugram where he was a Class II student, filed a petition before the Court, the 3-judge bench of Dipak Misra, CJ and AM Khanwilkar and Dr. DY Chandrachud, JJ issued notice to the Centre, Haryana Government and School authorities returnable within three weeks.

Pradyuman’s father had prayed before the Court to ensure absolute safety and security of each and every child studying in all the schools across the country and to command the authorities of the school managements and the promoters to take steps so that the safety and security is sustained and no one is affected. He also prayed for framing guidelines and also to take appropriate actions against the violators.

The Court noticed that the petition was not restricted to Ryan International school as it has a countrywide effect. [Barun Chandra Thakur v. Union of India, 2017 SCC OnLine SC 1070, order dated 11.09.2017]