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Free campus of male guards: Parents

The parents of students at an ICSE school where a guard had allegedly tried to rape a Lower Nursery girl have demanded that all male Group D employees on the campus be replaced by female ones.

The 100-odd parents who had raised the demand at a meeting with the principal of the central Calcutta school also sought the installation of CCTV cameras on the campus.

Vicky Mullick, the guard who was arrested for allegedly trying to rape the four-year-old, has been sent to police custody till November 12.

He has been booked under IPC sections 376 (punishment for rape) and 511 (punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment). Both sections are non-bailable.

According to the complaint, Vicky took the child to a toilet last Tuesday and tried to rape her.

The parents said the girl had narrated the incident to them on Tuesday night and they lodged a complaint on Wednesday morning. A police team accompanied the child and her parents to the school, where the four-year-old identified the Group D employee wearing a blue uniform.

The parents who met the principal on Friday expressed outrage at the way the school was being run, which allows male guards easy access to all parts of the school building and jeopardises the security of the children.

“The guards have access to the headmistress’ room, classrooms and even toilets. If the school management cannot do away with male guards, it should at least ensure that they are stationed at the gate and don’t get to enter the campus,” said a parent of a Lower Nursery student.

“We have told the authorities that the male staff should not go anywhere near the students.”

The parents also demanded that CCTV cameras be installed in the corridors and outside the toilets and classrooms.

“There is only one ayah for every two sections comprising 80-85 students. So it’s difficult for her to monitor all the children,” said the mother of a student.

The parents feel the principal’s logic that male guards are a must to run the school is irrational.

“If a school can run efficiently with a woman at the helm, where is the need for male guards?” wondered a parent.

The principal assured the guardians that the male guards would not be allowed to enter the school premises. “We have deployed two female Group D employees inside the school. Male guards will not be allowed anywhere else other than the gate,” the principal said.

She also said CCTV cameras would be installed on campus.

The parents blocked the road in front of the school after the principal allegedly refused to meet them initially.