Will having more women employees in schools make them safer?

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TOI Alert flashes on my screen: *5 year old raped by peon ‘uncle’. Tap to read more.*

Another one from a few days before that: *7 year old boy found dead in the school toilet, throat slit. Tap to read more.*

After the recent surge in crimes against children, our Union HRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar, has come up with the idea, that we need to have more female employees to make the schools safer. Well, we live in a country which loves to brush things under the carpet and taking the easy route, especially when it comes to crimes against commoners like us.

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So, in the first incident that I’ve quoted above, the poor girl managed to run out of the clutches of ‘peon uncle’, ran to the teacher and complained that ‘peon uncle’ had beaten her ‘down there’. The teacher laughed it off, saying I will beat ‘peon uncle’. The kid worsened by the time she got home and her mother realised something was wrong.

In the second incident, the boy wasn’t as fortunate to have his life spared by his predator, and this happened in one of the most prominent schools of the city.

Point here being, replacing female teachers for male teachers, or adding more females on the staff will not solve the issue, it is almost like medieval times when the women sections (zanana) were guarded by eunuchs. We thrive on controlling the ones with a voice that can be suppressed, be it our kids or us women; have we not evolved at all?

First of all, our systems need to change and adapt to current times, and sensitise its employees as to how they should be handling such cases, what to look out for, what are alarming things to look out for.

Secondly, make it compulsory for the school to appoint a certified psychologist/ counsellor who is available to talk to the kids, individually. The amount the schools charge now, they can very surely afford to employ one more person, that is if they are forced to by the government.

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Thirdly, draft extremely harsh rules for offenders. I am a human and that’s my religion, but something like this is just despicable. The only solution I see for this is corporal punishment. As a taxpayer, it hurts me to know that my hard earned money goes into feeding people who don’t even spare kids for their sexual fantasies. The danger not only lies in schools, but the moment you step out of school, it’s another ball game altogether.

What’s your take? Do you think that appointing more female employees (even bus drivers, for that matter), will help solve the issue?

I’m linking the article below:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/have-more-women-employees-bus-drivers-prakash-javadekar-on-school-safety/articleshow/60466200.cms

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53 comments

  1. I am an educator myself and have seen that some of the staff take for granted if the Princi or Vice Princi are lenient.Have seen people loitering around doing nothing.The onus should lie on these two most of the times.As I always say in forums : If the management is disciplined,everything else falls into place!

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  2. Nothing is more horrifying than abuse especially children. I agree with you about the corporal punishment part . A definite death penalty without a trial should be the punishment. This will make people think twice about abusing little ones because we all know that children’s narratives are not always what happened but what they perceived.

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  3. It breaks my heart when i hear of such heinous acts against children. I have been a victim of child abuse and all i can say is one cannot even imagine the pain and trauma the child goes through. Such cases show how irresponsible our schools are also not to mention govt NOT taking strict actions against such crimes. May be even in a tolerant and democratic nation a sense of fear is necessary. There is a line for everything which is better not crossed and its high time our govt draw that line.

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    • Hi Keerthi, I’m really sorry you had to go through something so painful, I can’t even imagine. Schools are responsible, yes, but like I’ve said in one of my previous posts also, it feels like we’ll have to send our kids or of the house like they’re strong it for War, in camouflaged clothes that no one noticed them, in armory so that they can defend themselves. It’s becoming from bad to worse with every passing day. You’re right, even a democratic nation needs to draw a line on this. No one but no one has the right to touch our children.

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      • Yes soina I completely agree with you. I feel How strong ever a child is prepared it is not gng to change those filthy minds. I feel it will not show any effect on their thinking. We see many on a daily basis who pass judgement on a girl’s choice of clothes and point out hat is the cause. But how many news have we come across where they were defied and humiliated even after covering themselves in traditional attires. This mindset is the problem, there is no hope that such incidents stop until strict actions are taken against the offenders. I feel warm when ppl talk about incidents openly and i am glad that u wrote about it.

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  4. Having more women employees is certainely not a solution. A complete background check of Any employee be it male or female needs to be done. Harsh punishments, fast track courts and immediate sentencing should be implemented. As parents before taking admission in any school should check the safety facilities provided by the school rather than whether the school has a lift, air conditioner, or a world class infrastructure.

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  5. It gives me sleepless nights when I read or learn about the crimes like this! it’s harder then we can even imagine and es unless we make legal system independent and fool-proof to hand such creatures of lust nothing is going to change, Many nirbhayas many small unnamed victims will cry in dark. Great initiative, let me know if as a blogger, educator, mother I can help you in this initiative of raising our voice as ONE.

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  6. You correctly said as the danger is not only in school but everywhere outside. It is in the minds of the culprits. Serious punishment should be given by the law so that the culprit shivers before repeating the same offence.

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  7. Female staff can also act as enablers, so has been proven in cases before. The only thing that can deter these offenders is harsh punishment. The Delhi case can act as a precedent like the Nirbhaya case did, if only the severity of the crime is given the due attention.

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  8. Very true Sonia. We are just finding quick-fixes without understanding the problems and maybe learning from other countries or educational systems. It is high time we come up with harsh punishments and national child offenders registry to keep our children safe.

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    • True, but in the case of children, it needs to have a fast track court and death penalty, in case of adults, the have been cases where women have exploited the laws since they were in her favour

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  9. I echo your thoughts. Employing more female teachers/staffs in schools will not help combating these type of inhuman acts. It is more towards educating the staffs/teachers to listen and believe to what a kid is saying rather than just laugh out to ignore the plight of the kid.

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    • Well, I have studied in an all girl’s school for 14 years of my life, with all female teachers. They never raised their hand at us, but some of them could get really nasty and humiliating, that’s why I wrote that teachers need to be sensitised and should know what warning signs to look out for

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  10. It is the sad reality of India and many other countries actually. I am already scared that I have to send my son to a nursery next year. I am thinking of making in continue in the playschool that he goes to than a big school because it’s closer and all female staff and no peon category of people. It’ a nightmare for every parent.

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  11. It is very difficult to ascertain that crime against children would come down with more female employees in the school. If you look at the statistics, the perpetrators’ who sexually abuse children are known to them or their families.What the society needs are stringent laws to stop this menace (corporal punishment) as you suggested and fast judicial actions. The schools need more vigilance, encourage buddy system and teach children to be more empathetic towards the other kids, look out for them.

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  12. My kid is in playgroup and will soon be in a nursery in a school in which I studied. So I know the conditions there, but still, cannot say that such a crime may not happen. Schools have to be strict when it comes to admitting bus drivers and conductors in payroll, do a proper background verification check and then employ.

    Also, your suggestion of having a psychologist goes well for the children and also parents can be slightly relaxed that at least schools are showing some seriousness to tackle child sexual abuse.

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  13. As a father I have shivers when I think that this could have been my son too. Whats going on in this world? Can we have some sanity please ? Whats the solution? Do we have any particular solution rather than a mass change in the society and our mindset? We will keep on looking for the answers

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    • The only solution is that is as parents put our foot down with school authorities for a certain level of security rather than looking for air-conditioned classes and buses taking priority

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  14. I completely agree… Having more female employees is not the answer… somehow I feel that in our country our lives are valued much lesser than they actually should be… The governing bodies need to really be very stringent when it comes to punishing offenders… people are confident that they would be able to get away and that needs to change to make it a safer place for our kids

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  15. It’s difficult to ensure the safety of kids in school or anywhere else. I feel that having more female employees would only improve the employment ratio. Safety needs special measures and stringent guidelines and a leader with hawk’s eyes.

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  16. It is very hard to ascertain that offense against children would come down with more distaff employees in the shoal.
    Also, your prompting of having a psychologist goes well for the children and also parents can be slightly relaxed that at least shoals are showing some distressfulness to undertake child intimate maltreatment.

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