Parents plan protest for kids’ safety

Over 15 parent organisations across India will gather at Jantar Mantar to put forth their demands

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After the death of a seven-year-old child in Gurugram’s Ryan International school shook the nation, parents across the country are now planning to protest at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar demanding safety of schools. Over 15 parent organisations plan to come together in the protest to raise a bunch of issues regarding safety of schools.  

Parent groups from various states like Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh etc will be a part of this protest. “Several concerns about students’ safety in schools are being raised especially after the Gurugram incident.

The government has failed to implement some of its own guidelines with respect to child safety and has not taken any action against schools that violate safety norms. Parents are extremely concerned about their children after the incident and demand answers from the government. Its high time that the government takes action against schools that violate safety norms,” said Anubha Sahai, President, Indiawide Parents Association(IWPA).  

Sahai said that parents would demand strict action against the trustees of Ryan International School for negligence. Some of the broader demands which would be made in the protest include police verification of bus drivers and attendants, ensuring that the mandate of having CCTV cameras in all schools is followed, submitting the inspection reports of schools in the public domain etc. “In many cases, people don’t get to know as to what happened in the enquiry as the report never comes out. The government should make the findings public so that there is no attempt to hide any facts from any of those involved, ” said Sahai. The associations would fix a day for the protest once all the supporting organisations confirm.  


Police verification of the bus drivers and attendants
Shutting down schools that do not follow safety norms. Regular inspection and surprise visits in schools by officials of the education department  
Monitoring the status of CCTV cameras in schools.  Making inspection and enquiry reports public

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