After a sudden inspection of the capital’s four municipal schools, the Delhi Women’s Commission (DCW) on Monday notified the Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) flagging concerns such as poor infrastructure and lax security measures. DCW has requested that the report be filed by May 30.
In a written statement Monday, DCW said an inspection of the four schools has revealed safety and security concerns. It noted that the gates of all four schools were opened without any security personnel. Syringes, drugs, cigarette boxes, gutkha wrappers and broken bottles of alcohol were found in a school. School buildings were damaged and there was no CCTV camera in any of the schools.
DCW has launched an investigation after a stranger entered a classroom at a municipal elementary school in Bhajanpur in east Delhi and sexually assaulted two minors.
The DCW team comprising Chairperson Swati Maliwal conducted sudden checks in four schools – Bhai Mandeep Nagpal Nigam Vidyalaya, Aruna Nagar (North), Nigam Pratibha Sahidya Vidyalaya, Kewal Park (North), Poorvi Nagar Nigam Pratibha Vidyalaya, Mustafakshi (East) Urban Corporation Prathik Sah Bal Balika Vidyalaya, Sanjay Colony, Bhati Mines (South) – Last Friday and Saturday.
After the visit, Maliwal said he was shocked by the disappointing conditions. “How can a school exist without a security guard and CCTV? How about a school in a building that is boarded by the MCD to stay away from the building? In today’s world, MCD runs schools where females are forced to defecate on the plains, ”Maliwal said.
He said the situation in MCD schools was appalling and needed urgent corrective measures. I have issued a notice to the MCD Commissioner on this issue. The situation should be urgently improved and action should be taken against the authorities who have allowed such a degrading situation in schools, ”Maliwal said.
In response to DCW’s findings, the MCD said that the school in Bhati Mines is facing difficulties in providing facilities as it is located on the Forest Department land. The school in Arunanagar will be renovated soon, and corporation dispensaries near the Cavell Park area will have gutkha blankets, broken syringes and cigarette sticks, it said.