FIR to be registered against school admin in 48 hrs
Five days after a three-and-a-half-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in her school van by the driver and conductor in Haldwani, the Uttarakhand High Court has directed the police to register FIR against the school administration within 48 hours and have directed all schools in the state to install GPS in their vehicles and CCTVs every corner of their school, keep parents informed about their wards via SMS failing which their affiliation would be cancelled.
A bench of Acting Chief Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Sharad Kumar Sharma also asked the District Magistrate to personally visit each and every private school every fortnight to check whether CCTV cameras installed are functional and are also not tampered with.
The bench passed the directions on a petition moved by one Aklema Parveen highlighting the “barbaric, inhumane, immoral, sexual assault on a student (studying in Nursery) in the town of Haldwani in a school van”.
The minor was sexually assaulted inside the van. The incident came to light after the girl complained of pain and her parents took her for a medical examination.
The petitioner shared how the students were increasingly unsafe on the school premises and during their travel to and from the school and how the school administration also does not make any effort to ensure them safety.
The bench passed following mandatory directions:
Read the Order Here