Kolkata: An expert committee set up by the Calcutta High Court has made some recommendations in a bid to provide protection to school children against sexual assault. According to the committee, a child who is a victim of sexual harassment in school has the choice to study in any other institution provided that his or her family can afford the fees of the preferred institution. The institution, on the other hand, has no rights to impose minimum qualification criteria for granting admission to the victim. Also Read - Harvey Weinstein, 68, Gets Coronavirus in Prison Serving 23 Years of Sentence For Rape And Sexual Assault
According to a report by Times of India, the final report prepared by amicus curiae advocate Phiroze Edulji was accepted by Justice Nadira Patherya on Friday. The norms recommended by the HC committee members was to curb any further instances of sexual assault in school. Justice Patherya has directed to take all the steps necessary to implement the norms of the HC report. He further appreciated the amicus curiae for taking up “the cause of the juveniles who usually are silent spectators”. Also Read - Harvey Weinstein Hospitalised Due to Chest Pain After Receiving 23-Years of Imprisonment in Landmark #MeToo Case
As a precautionary measure, the HC report has also mentioned that in order to transfer the child to a perceived ‘better school’, parents cannot falsely allege that their child is a sexual assault victim. Such malpractices are prohibited and if found to be true, the report gives the school the right to deny admission to the student at any cost. Also Read - Harvey Weinstein Gets 23 Years of Jail Sentence in Rape And Sexual Assault Case, Read on
To keep track of the status of the implementation of the report, a review will be conducted after six months, stated the High court. According to the court’s observation, the writ petition which is adjourned for a period of six months will henceforth be reviewed and placed before the appropriate court. The original writ petition was first moved by a father of a victim of sexual abuse at a south Kolkata school.