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Goa students to get dos and don'ts guidelines for safety

Posted on Jan 16, 07:17PM | IBNS

The Goa Education Department is preparing a host of dos and don'ts guidelines for all schools across the state to prevent any further incidents of crime against students, a move which comes two days after a seven-year-old girl was raped in the school toilet in Vasco.

"The rape on the minor has shocked all of us questioning the safety of students studying in various schools... Our experts will compile and issue to all schools a list of warning dos and don'ts," a senior education official told IBNS.

The department at present has no guidelines about the safety of children in place. "The child is in the custody of the school and they cannot shy away from their basic responsibility," the official added.

With the recent incident sparking mass outrage in the state, the government is in no mood to take the safety of students leniently. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has already instructed concerned authorities to undertake various safety measures including regular police patrolling at school premises.

The seven year old girl was raped by an unknown person who invaded into the school compound in the port town and raped her in toilet, hardly a distance away from the headmistress' cabin, during recess hour of the school. He gave the authorities the slip and is still at large.

Goa police has constituted a special investigating team of 15 officers to investigate the case and released a sketch of the man.

Meanwhile, medical examination has confirmed the pupil was sexually assaulted. Deputy inspector general of police Dr O P Mishra has said the "girl is fine and stable" rubbishing rumours that she was not in good health.

The Goa Commission for the Protection of Children's Rights has written to the government demanding reviewing security in all schools.