SC agrees to hear a plea on safety of school children

RSTV Bureau
File Photo: Police personnel deployed outside Ryan International School in Gurugram, Haryana.

File Photo: Police personnel deployed outside Ryan International School in Gurugram, Haryana.

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear on September 15 a plea filed by two women lawyers seeking implementation of existing guidelines to ensure safety and well-being of children in schools across the country.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Amitava Roy and AM Khanwilkar said that it has already issued notice on a similar plea filed by the father of the child, who was brutally murdered at Gurugram’s Ryan International School.

“We will tag it (writ petition) with the earlier one,” the bench said and fixed the PIL, filed by two practicing SC lawyers Abha Sharma and Sangeeta Bharti, for a hearing on Friday.

The lawyers, in their petition have sought implementation of various existing guidelines on safety of school-going children.

They have also suggested some additional guidelines to ensure that the responsibility is fastened on the schools with regard to safety of children from the moment they get into the school bus.

File Photo of Supreme Court of India building in New Delhi.

File Photo of Supreme Court of India building in New Delhi.

On Monday, the court had issued a notice to the Centre, the Haryana police, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the CBI on a plea filed by the father of the child seeking a CBI probe into the matter.

The plea sought setting up of a committee headed by a former apex court judge for suggesting guidelines to be framed and implemented under the observance of the top court. It has sought a “free, fair, independent and fearless investigation including an enquiry and investigation by the CBI” under the supervision of the court. The plea sought a direction for ensuring safety and security of family members of the deceased boy.

A class II student of Ryan International School in Gurugram was found dead on the morning of September 8 after his throat was slit with a sharp-edged weapon. It is alleged that the 42-year-old bus conductor Ashok Kumar murdered the boy inside the toilet when he resisted a bid to sodomise him.

(With inputs from PTI)