There’s been enough furore and outrage in the media and fifth estate – social media – about the recent slew of school children being molested well within the school premises in Bangalore. There could be other places in the country where such shameful events happen away from the limelight, and events that will never be reported.
Clearly, the law, even in the after-math of the Nirbhaya case that shook the national capital, is not a deterrent for those animal minded teachers who indulge in such criminal behavior with the girl students. The reason could be that, in most cases, there is no sensitization of the gender to the perils of possible molestation in closed door or isolated teaching situations.
While installing CCTV’s and asking for schools to do background check of the teaching and non teaching staff are being suggested and advised by governments circulars, these are only half measures that would be woefully short in preventing such unfortunate evens – thanks to the ill-equipped law enforcement machinery, and all the more dangerous corrupt administration.
One solution worth thinking about and easy to implement – allow mobile phones in the school and make sure that the phones also comes with a one number 911 like alert, which immediately alerts the authorities of a potential rape happening. Besides the actual alerts, the fact that girl children are equipped with phone where law enforcement or parental help is a button away will be a huge deterrent for evil minded teachers voyeuring in the schools.
High time social activists and child protection groups start action to make these, or any similar measure a reality. Only then, will our girl child be safe from the hands of monstrous creatures masquerading as teachers!