APWWS, APCC demand probe into KGBV teachers’ act

ITANAGAR, Nov 29: Strongly condemning the act of three Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) teachers of Sagalee involved in allegedly harassing students, the Arunachal Pradesh Women’s’ Welfare Society (APWWS) has on Wednesday urged the concerned district administration and the Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Protection of Child Rights to immediately send a team to the place of incident for enquiry and to initiate stern action against the three teachers, if found guilty.
The APWWS stated that the KGBV is run by the NGO and it is the responsibility of the Education Department to monitor its proper functioning and impart training to the teaching and non-teaching staff on various laws and rights pertaining to child rights.
Deeply perturbed by the rising crime against children in the state, the APWWS has demanded that the state government take up the matter seriously and establish a separate Child Rights Commission in the state.
It further stated that while making new appointments of the chairperson and members of the Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women, the state government must look for qualified, experienced and efficient person(s), who can deliver justice to the women of the state.
The Women Commission should not be an office of political adjustment or compensatory ground of any political leader to place their own candidate as it would hamper the very purpose of the Commission.
The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has also vehemently condemned the incident and stated that such heinous act of teacher may affect the developing capacity of students.
Tampering with a child’s dignity is against the law as well as against the constitution.
“To discipline a student is an attitude, character, responsibility and commitment of a teacher. Undressing students is definitely not a corrective measure. In fact it is a negative reinforcement”, the APCC stated.
“Imposing such punishment is total violation of child rights in school and more likely it may accelerate the risk of child abuse”, it added.