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‘Stop child abuse in schools’


New Delhi : With two out of every three children, a majority studying in schools, reported being physically abused in India, a child rights organization Friday called for immediate implementation of the proposed safer schools guideline in the country.

On the occasion of International Children’s Day Friday, NGO Plan India held consultation with school authorities, government bodies and other organization to promote safer schools guidelines.

“We are very keen to put a strategy and mechanism in place where children can attend school and expect a quality learning experience without fear or threats of violence,” said Amod Kanth, chairperson, Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR).

Affirming his support to implementation of the guidelines on safer school, Kanth said: “It is imperative that we accelerate the implementation of these guidelines to ensure that we can provide children with a safe and positive environment in schools.”

The Directorate of Education has recently issued guidelines for reporting mechanisms of child abuse and corporal punishments in schools.

“Corporal punishment is a violation of the child’s fundamental rights, and there should be zero tolerance for any form of this abuse,” said Ram Pal, president All India Primary Teachers’ Federation.

The NGO has recently launched an online petition to universally declare and condemn violence against children from all levels of society and advocate on safer schools

According to a report released by the Ministry of Women and Child Development on child abuse in the country, it was revealed that two out of every three children reported being physically abused.