JK government calls for establishing Child Protection Committees in schools
The Jammu and Kashmir government has called for setting up of Child Protection Committees in all schools and other educational centers to safeguard children's rights.
Jammu Deputy Commissioner Ramesh Kumar at a meeting directed school heads and representatives to take the onus of protecting children.
"For that, there is need to take appropriate measures," he said.
A meeting was convened to discuss the framework, necessity for establishing, promoting and strengthening child protection mechanism that recognizes, promotes and protects child rights at the grassroots level.
It was attended by Additional Deputy Commissioner Arun Manhas, Chairperson Child Welfare Committee Jammu Shalini Sharma, CEO JK Sudan, ZEOs, principals of various schools, private school association and JK private school coordination committee besides others officers of the Education Department.
Kumar called for the formation of an internal complaint redress cell in every school and asked for monitoring the behavior of teachers, staff, and students.
"Report child rights violation incidents and follow the Vishaka Guidelines stipulated by the Supreme Court regarding sexual harassment at workplace. If required, refer such incidents to the appropriate authorities," the DC told principals. He further asked them to ensure the barring of corporal punishment in their respective schools.
Emphasising on imparting moral education to the students, the DC instructed the principals to conduct workshops and parent-teacher meetings, especially in government-run schools.
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