Implementing child rights laws a problem, admits Renuka ChowdhuryApril 17th, 2009 - 6:04 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) Expressing shock over the death of an 11-year-old girl after she was allegedly beaten by her teacher in the capital, Minister of Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury Friday said there are enough laws to protect children from violence but implementing them is a problem.
“It is such a terrible tragedy that an innocent girl died after being punished by teacher. It is high time we take cognizance of such incidents as it is a violation of child rights when a minor is subjected to violence,” Chowdhury told a news channel.
“We have enough laws to stop such incidents but the tragedy is about implementing these laws. You need people who implement laws,” the minister added.
Appealing to the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) to take stringent action against defaulters, Chowdhury said: “The child rights panel should immediately swing into action and look into the matter. The NCPCR should take proactive measures to prevent such incidents and hold counselling for teachers”.
Said NCPCR chairperson Shantha Singh: “Such kind of criminal acts are going on in schools and we have to wake up to the fact. Schools should learn to respect their students. We will have an inquiry into the incident, but we will first have to find out what kind of chargesheet has been filed. Sadly, we have been getting such complaints from all schools, and not just MCD (schools)”.
Eleven-year-old Shano Khan slipped into a coma Wednesday after her class teacher Manju in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) primary school in Narela in north Delhi allegedly beat her and made her stand in the sun for more than an hour for failing to recite the alphabets.
The girl was shifted to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital Thursday evening after her condition deteriorated. She died Friday afternoon.