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Probe rising sexual abuse in schools: SC asks Centre

The Supreme Court on Friday sought response from the Centre and all state governments on a plea alleging steep rise in cases of sexual abuse of children in schools across the country and seeking steps to check such incidents.

A bench of Chief Justice HL Dattu and Justice AK Sikri was hearing a PIL filed by Vineet Dhanda through lawyer JP Dhandaa seeking a direction to the Centre and state governments to ensure safety of children from such heinous acts in schools. The plea contended that there is neither any guideline nor any law to fix liability of educational institutions in such cases. It has also sought framing of guidelines to stop incidents of sexual abuse of students.

“It is the prime duty of schools, the government and the administration to protect the precious lives of children from being scarred as a result of such dastardly acts,” the lawyer said.

“The more disturbing part besides the gory crime of child sexual abuse is that the educational institutions have no liabilities whatsoever fixed by law in case of such offences in their premises and even the police administration goes out of the way to protect such educational institutions for their own vested interests,” the PIL said.

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