Since 2017, 72k applications of school staff verified
New Delhi: Since 2017, the Delhi Police has verified over 72,000 applications of school staffs in a bid to keep children safe inside school premises.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) wants that apart from teachers, awareness regarding children's safety should be given to other staffs as well.
According to Delhi Police, as per directions of LG, Delhi, the gratis verification of school staffs (teaching/non-teaching) is being carried out. The verification was carried out by Special Branch of Delhi Police.
Special Commissioner of Police (Special Branch) Praveer Ranjan told Millennium Post that the background of the applicants were checked based on the records.
"The verification is aimed to rule out any earlier criminal record of the applicant," said police officer.
According to the data, a total number of 72,000 applications for school staff have been verified since September 16, 2017.
"Last year, more than 14,000 verifications have been conducted," data added.
Last year, as many as 2,82,360 applications for Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) were received in which 1,79,958 issued and 88,543 rejected while in the year 2017, 2,71,954 PCC were received in which 1,70,025 issued and 75,578 rejected.
In the year 2017, a minor girl was assaulted inside the school premises by a person who was later arrested in Shahdara district. The probe revealed that his verification was not done by the school. He used to do pick and drop duty of school children and guard duty during school hours.
In October 2018, a five-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by a private cab driver in Shahbad Dairy area of Rohini.
IMPORTANCE OF DATA BANK
Jyoti Duhan Rathee, member DCPCR stated that schools should maintain proper database of all staffs including sweepers, drivers employed with them. Moreover, data bank is helpful during investigation of any case.
"All the staffs should be aware of the safety and security of the children inside the school," added Rathee.
According to DCPCR, the commission, since 2015, had conducted an investigation in 390 cases in which victims were both boys and girls. In 47 cases, the age group of the victims were 0-5.
"Kids in the age group of 5 to 12, were victims in more than 130 cases. In over 170 cases, 12-18 years old children became the victims of the crime," data added.
In 129 cases, neighbours were accused whereas in 32 cases, blood relations were involved.
"In 35 cases, relatives were predators and in 35 cases, known persons were involved in the crime," claimed the data. As many as 43 cases reported inside the school.