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.
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.
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?
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