Likabali (Arunachal Pradesh), Aug. 30: The Arunachal Pradesh government has decided to examine the credentials of all private educational institutions following the alleged rape of 14 minor students by the hostel warden of Green Valley Residential English School at Likabali, 490km from Guwahati, in West Siang district.
Bamang Tago, political secretary to chief minister Nabam Tuki, told The Telegraph here today that a committee, headed by the deputy director of school education in each district and under the close supervision of deputy commissioners, will be constituted to examine all private educational institutions.
It will examine whether the institutions have proper affiliation, infrastructure, approval to function and whether they are following rules and regulations under the Right to Education Act.
It will submit its report within three months to the education commissioner.
Tago said the decision was among several taken at a meeting chaired by Tuki after the Likabali incident in which 14 girls alleged that the hostel warden had raped them.
The accused has been arrested, Tago said, adding that the school principal and 11 faculty members, including two women teachers from Manipur, have been kept in a safe house.
The government directed the West Siang deputy commissioner Manoj Kumar Sahoo to immediately constitute a committee under the deputy director of school education to inquire and examine the functioning of the residential school and submit a report within 15 days.
The administration wants to ensure that the students do not suffer and proper arrangements are made to restart classes, Tago said.
The school has around 387 students, of which over 100 are boarders, hailing mostly from far-flung villages, Jumge Ada, the vice-president of Likabali Students Union, told this correspondent.
The government has also decided that the victims need not be called for recording their statements at the police station.
“Police will contact them at their home. A medical board comprising a forensic expert, gynaecologist, child specialist and a psychiatrist has been constituted to examine and counsel the students. The government will also bear all medical and legal expenses of the victims. We are also consulting public representatives who are happy with steps taken by the government,” Tago said.
Investigation into the case will be carried out by the officer-in-charge of the women’s police station in Itanagar, which is a four-hour drive from Likabali, under the close supervision of Garima Bhatnagar, Arunachal Pradesh inspector-general of police (central range).
A peek into the school campus today by this correspondent revealed broken benches and desks lying outside classrooms — remains of the fury of residents shaken by the incident. The school is located close to the Likabali military station.