Schools told to form panels for prevention of sexual harassment

 

The directorate of education (DoE) on Wednesday issued an order asking schools to form committees for prevention of sexual harassment. The Goa State Women's Commission (GSWC) had written to the DoE in August last year asking the department to initiate the process of formation of the committees, after several cases of molestation of students came to light in the state.
 
Earlier this month, GSWC chairperson Ezilda Sapeco had issued a reminder to the DoE over forming of the committees. Sapeco had stated in her letter that most schools in the state do not have committees for prevention of sexual harassment, even though there have been reports of several teachers being suspended across Goa for molesting students.
 
The commission took up the issue after the death of a 17-year-old girl student from Panaji's Progress High School. The girl committed suicide while her art teacher Kanhaiya Naik, accused of molesting the student, was out on bail.
 
"The schools have been asked to form the committees, which is mandatory under the Vishaka judgment. Though the judgment came out in early 2000, most schools in Goa are yet to take up their formation seriously," a source said. [TOI]