The State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) chairperson Usha Negi has stated that Children Home Academy (CHA) where a 12-year old student was allegedly murdered should either be closed or its management should be improved. Reiterating that there were various anomalies in the actions of the school authorities following the death, she said that though the investigation in this case has been temporarily slowed due to the elections, the SCPCR will ensure that the necessary steps are taken.
She said, “The investigation in the case has been slow because of the elections. However, we will ensure that action is taken against the people actually involved in the incident. We have a proper plan for this which will be followed after the elections.”
Expressing the need to uncover the truth in the case Negi said, “We are doing the work which is not supposed to be ours. We are checking the files and doing other work which should have been done by the police. We strongly believe that the arrests have been made just to close the case. There are various flaws in the school which need to be addressed as the future of many more students is at stake.”
It is pertinent to mention that the three school staff members caught in the alleged murder case of student Vasu Yadav were released on bail soon after being detained. As per the officials, the staff members who were caught were absent on the day of the incident. Further, evidence like the cricket bat and wicket used to hit the victim were allegedly hidden in a cupboard without any clarification from the school on this. Also, the two senior students who are caught in the case refused the lawyer offered by SCPCR, stating that the school will provide the lawyer.”
Negi further said that the case has various questions that are still unanswered. “As I said earlier this is not the first case, there have been similar incidents in the past. The position of the manager, the burying the body without permission of the parents and other aspects indicate that serious steps should be taken against the school. We only demand that the school should either be closed if not then proper management should be put in place in the school,” she said.
Wednesday, 10 April 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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