The incident of a stranger coming into a classroom and sexually assaulting two minor women at a municipal major faculty in east Delhi’s Bhajanpura — the incident passed off on April 30 however was reported solely on Wednesday — has as soon as once more dropped at the fore the obtrusive absence of safety guards in these colleges.
Whereas the East Delhi Municipal Company (EDMC) constructed safety guard rooms at its colleges round two years in the past, not a single guard has been employed by the civic physique until date to observe over its 354 major colleges ,the place greater than 225,000 kids are finding out from nursery to class 5.
Vibha Singh, senior vice-president of the Nagar Nigam Shikshak Sangh,a municipal lecturers’ affiliation, stated the guard rooms had been arrange round two and a half years in the past however no guard was offered regardless of repeated requests from colleges. “Incidents just like the one in Bhajanpura have occurred previously as properly however the company has nonetheless not expedited the hiring of guards. Who will take the accountability if one thing extra unlucky occurs?” she stated.
Singh, who can be the principal of an east Delhi municipal faculty, stated the company expects the sanitation employee or helpers to additionally take care of safety however that’s neither sensible nor potential. “Sanitation employees can be busy cleansing the premises. They can not be deployed on the gate. The truth that the civic physique has constructed guard rooms with out hiring guards exhibits that solely these tasks get expedited wherein corruption is concerned,” she alleged.
“The CCTV digital camera undertaking has additionally met an analogous destiny with simply 14 colleges having CCTV cameras at present. Faculties had been requested to purchase cameras utilizing a sum of 10,000, to be offered to every faculty by the company, however the cash was by no means sanctioned,” Singh stated.
One other faculty principal from north-west Delhi stated their faculty solely has provision for a chowkidar (safety guard) to take care of the premises after faculty hours.
Manoj Tyagi, chief of the opposition within the EDMC, stated the problem has been raised on a number of events, together with the final price range session in January. “We had demanded that when funds to the tune of 4.5 crore have been used to construct guard rooms, then guards should even be employed. Every guard room was developed at a price of 1-2 lakh however lack of funds was cited when it got here to hiring guards. It is a clear case of corruption,” he stated.
A senior municipal official stated the civic physique has provisions for chowkidar (safety guard) in municipal colleges who’re anticipated to handle the property after faculty hours. “Peon or different faculty employees are anticipated to handle the college premises, together with lecturers and the principal, throughout faculty hours. No separate budgetary provision for hiring guards has been made and posts of safety guards haven’t been sanctioned,” the official stated, asking to not be named.
EDMC Mayor Shyam Sunder Aggarwal stated that the issue of lack of safety guards does exist and attributable to monetary disaster the civic physique has not been capable of rent safety guards. “We weren’t capable of rent guards or set up CCTV cameras as funds haven’t been offered to the company. We’re nonetheless not capable of pay salaries of employees for over 5 months and our first set up of fundamental tax task has not been launched,” Aggarwal stated.
Lack of safety in municipal colleges has led to a number of molestation instances and one rape case in Ashok Vihar 2008. The difficulty has additionally been red-flagged by the Delhi Fee for Safety of Little one Rights. The present trigger discover issued by DCPCR in 2019 acknowledged that “it’s a matter of significant concern”. “The college gate stays with out safety guards, making the… colleges susceptible to anti-social components within the society…. This additionally signifies that kids so younger can go away the college premises unsupervised ought to the smallest consideration lapse occur,” the discover to 3 firms acknowledged.