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Govt seeks safety report from schools

Deputy CM Manish Sisodia demands mandatory rigorous police verification of staff in every Delhi school within 3 weeks

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Govt seeks safety report from schools
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The Delhi government on Monday ordered all schools to submit a monthly report on steps taken to ensure safety and security of students. The move came after a seven-year-old student of Gurugram's Ryan International School was found murdered in the school toilet.

"In every school of Delhi, rigorous police verification of every staffer or every person entering the school premises must be done within three weeks. The police will share a list of known child abuse offenders with schools. We have told everyone to refer to it," Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said. As per the directives, all schools will also have to install CCTV cameras to cover all parts of the institution.

On Saturday, a school staffer sexually assaulted a five-year-old child in east Delhi's Gandhi nagar area. The victim was taken to the Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya (CNBC), where the doctors allegedly denied her treatment.

Irked by the lax attitude, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain then urged Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal to suspend a CNBC staff member for not taking proper care of the minor rape victim.

Jain said he has written to Baijal, urging that the casualty medical officer of CNBC be suspended over gross negligence of services. He also sought action against the hospital Director.

Meanwhile, after the allegations against the hospital staffers surfaced, the government ordered an internal inquiry into the matter on Sunday night. The victim was later shifted to another hospital.

"If they didn't have facilities to treat her, they should have provided an ambulance or sent a doctor or a hospital staffer to accompany her to another hospital," Jain said. The minister said that such negligence will not be tolerated and promised strict action.

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