Students stage protest rally


Students of a school in Vasco staged a protest rally in Vasco on Tuesday, to demand the immediate arrest of the accused who had sexually assaulted their schoolmate, 
The rally commenced from the school and proceeded along the main streets of Vasco, as students chanted slogans demanding action against the accused. 
The protest rally culminated at Mormugao deputy collector’s office, where a memorandum was submitted to Deputy Collector Gaurish Shankwalkar by some parents participating in the protest rally.
Holding the school responsible for failing to ensure their safety, the students have warned that they will not let the issue die down and will continue their agitation till police nabs the culprit.
Speaking to Herald, many students regretted that there is no safety for girls in schools.
“The school is said to be our second home, but there is no security and safety for students in the schools. The school management should be held responsible for the incident, as it had failed to ensure the safety of students,” said a student, Devashri Naik.
Another student, Prathamesh Shetye, said it was surprising to note the action of the headmistress in the matter. “Though we were playing on the ground, we were not aware of the incident that took place in the school,” added Shetye.
Condemning the presence of some politicians at the rally, a student, Navin Sharma said: “All politicians present at the rally are taking mileage out of the situation and at the cost of the students.”
“Even the security guard posted at the entry gate of the school should be taken to task as he had failed to check the credentials of the culprit who entered the school through the main gate near the higher secondary section,” added Sharma.
The students have warned that they would not let the issue die down easily and will continue with their agitation till police nabs the culprit.
Anticipating tension after a growing number of students began to assemble outside the deputy collector’s office, police cordoned off the entire are in front of the collector’s office.
Some parents, who accompanied the students at the rally, later submitted a memorandum to Deputy Collector Gaurish Shankwalkar, urging the government to arrest the culprit and to ensure safety of students in the schools.
While giving the parents a patient hearing, Shankwalkar informed them that the government had acted swiftly in the matter and that, the police had already initiated efforts to nab the accused.
Meanwhile, the management has closed down the school till Wednesday, as efforts were on to initiate a series of security measures, following recommendations from Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who had visited the school on Monday night. [H]