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Journalists demand stricter guidelines to ensure safety of school children

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

In the wake of the brutal killing of a seven-year-old boy at a Gurugram school, a group of journalists today demanded stricter guidelines to ensure safety and security of children on school premises.

The Class 2 student was found dead with his throat slit in the washroom of Ryan International school in Bhondsi area. Ashok Kumar, a conductor of one of the school's buses, was arrested in connection with the crime.

Journalists from several media organizations who are members of the Maithil Journalists Group congregated at the Press Club here and marched to the Shastri Bhawan that houses the HRD Ministry.

The group in a statement said its members will meet Prakash Javadekar tomorrow and demand formation of guidelines that mandate the presence of parents when the schools conduct security audits.

"The should frame guidelines along the lines of the Vishakha guidelines for working women to ensure safety and security of school children," the body demanded.

"There should be CCTV cameras installed on the school premises at all the vulnerable points. Police verification of all staff members should be mandatory and there should be regular interaction between the school administration, parents and police," it said.

The body also demanded separate washrooms for junior and senior students as well as for drivers and visitors to schools.

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First Published: Tue, September 12 2017. 20:48 IST