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J&K govt for separate classes for boys & girls to check harassment

The Jammu and Kashmir government has asked more than 500 coaching centres operating in the Kashmir Valley to have separate classes for boys and girls, apparently to check eve-teasing and immoral activities.

At a meeting with the owners of coaching centres here, Srinagar deputy commissioner Farooq Ahmad Shah directed them to strictly implement the 2010 guidelines, including ban on carrying mobile phones and informing the parents of a student immediately if he or she fails to attend the classes, following fresh reports of harassment of girl students.

‘We have directed them (coaching centre owners) to have separate classes for boys and girls... Classes for boys would be held in the afternoon, and for girls after 8:30 in the morning,’ Shah said on Monday, adding that there would not be any class before 8:30 am due to cold weather.

The deputy commissioner said the centres had been asked to register with the education department and furnish details of their infrastructure immediately. After the meeting, the centres agreed to implement fully the directives of the government.

‘We have decided to segregate the boys and girls in the coaching centres in the valley and implement the guidelines issued by the government,’ Coaching Centres Association Kashmir (CCAK) chairman GN Var said.

Var said following fresh reports of eve-teasing and immoral acts the government made it mandatory to implement the directions for the Valley’s more than 500 coaching centres.
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