School children’s safety: Supreme Court to hear batch of petitions, may order framing of guidelines

Amid increased reports of brutality inside school premises, parents are raising concerns regarding the safety of children in schools.

The Supreme Court on Friday will hear the plea on a comprehensive set of guidelines that seeks its direction to ensure the safety and security of school children.

The top court had directed a compilation of norms formulated by the Centre and states for its consideration.

Earlier this month, the apex court had asked all states and union territories to file a response on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking guidelines to ensure safety and security of school children across the country, the deadline of which is today.

Three states – Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka have already filed their responses in the case.

The plea was filed in the wake of the brutal murder of Pradyuman Thakur, a Class II student of Gurugram’s Ryan International School last year.

Seven-year-old Pradhuman was found with his throat slit in the school’s washroom on September 8, 2017.

In the latest incident, a Class 1 boy was allegedly stabbed by a senior girl inside the washroom of a Lucknow-based school.

Last week, two incidents of brutality against school children also sparked outrage.

A class 1 student was allegedly raped by her seniors at a government school in Bulandshahr and a seven-year-old boy died after he was brutally beaten up inside the school premises in Ghaziabad.

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