Government-approved agency guards to be deployed outside 500 civic agency-run primary schools to tackle rising incidence of harassment and molestation of girl students
New Delhi : Private security guards will be posted at the gates of over 500 civic agency-run primary schools in Delhi to tackle rising incidence of harassment and molestation of girl students, an official has said.
“We have planned to deploy private security guards, from government-approved agencies, in primary schools by the next academic year after several cases of molestation came to our notice,” Manish Gupta, commissioner of South Delhi Municipal Corporation, said.
“The deployment will be done in phases, and will cover every school which falls under the area of SDMC,” he said.
The yearly cost of the project is estimated to be Rs.1 crore, the official said.
“We have received several complaints from parents of girls regarding molestation taking place outside the school premises, due to which they stopped sending their child to school,” Gupta said.
“We are taking this step in order to draw the girl students back to school,” he added.
“Men loiter outside schools in order to molest and harass the girls… some even follow them… This makes the girls afraid of going to school,” said the mother of a 12-year-old girl who lives in Delhi’s Khanpur area. Many of the civic agency-run schools are located in crowded poor neighbourhoods.
If the project is successful, it would be replicated in all the schools falling under the three municipal corporations – the other two being East and North Delhi Municipal Corporation, the official added.
“The security guards will be hired from private security agencies on contract basis,” he said.
“They will keep an eye on the girls entering and leaving the school. If required, they will also escort the girls to their houses,” added Gupta.
Satish Upadhyay, chairperson of the SDMC’s education committee, welcomed the move.
“We want to ensure fool proof security for the girl students. The security guards will be hired from government approved security agencies,” Upadhyay said. The details of the project are to be worked out, he added. –IANS