March 19, 2017
A shocking case of child rights' violations has emerged from Hyderabad, the city which also happens to be ranked one among all Indian cities by Mercer for Quality of life.
A private school allegedly locked up nineteen students in the school premises for not paying fees on time. The students were also barred from taking up their annual examination. According to Hayathnagar inspector J Narender Gouda, children aged 5 to 14 years were locked up in a room and released and allowed to appear for the examination only after police intervention.
The incident surfaced when a student of Saritha Vidyaniketan borrowed a phone from a parent who had come to pay the fees and called up her mother to inform her about the confinement. The principal and other staff refused to talk on the phone when the girl asked them to on being directed to do so by her father."We do have dues, but my wife already met the principal and assured the payment by April. She had also requested them to allow our children to sit for the exam. The school management should have called parents if there was an issue, this is no way to treat kids," said the parent. The school authorities could not be reached for a comment, parents alleged that the children were "illegally confined" and "humiliated".
Child Rights' activists have strongly condemned the matter and demanded for a criminal case against the school authorities.
Police have already registered a case under the Juvenile Justice Act against the school management.
It is a heartbreaking to know that a private educational institution locks up children and barres them from appearing in examination on account of not paying fees rather than sorting out the matter with parents and extending deadline in case of emergency.