TURA, Oct 12: The North Garo Hills (NGH) District Child Protection Officer (DCPO) has sought an inquiry report into the case of 3 students being expelled from the Depa Secondary School near Dainadubi in the district. The DCPO has sought the inquiry to be done by the District School Education Officer (DSEO) and provided a time of 5 days for filing of the report.
The order seeking an inquiry from the DSEO comes in the wake of a complaint by the Achik Indigenous Justice Initiative Forum (AIJIF) who lodged a complaint with the DCPO on the violation of RTE by the school authorities. The NGO had submitted the complaint 2 days ago following which the DCPO paid a visit to the school.
In the letter sent on October 11, the DCPO sought an inquiry to be done by the office of the DSEO on the denial of child rights and a detailed report submitted within 5 days (Oct 16) failing which a case would be filed under the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015.
As per the complaint by the AIJIF, in the month of August, 3 students from the same school had been expelled by the school authorities on grounds of indiscipline after they were involved in an altercation with another group of girls. The expelled girls fought after they were apparently victimized by the group who posted a note on one of the girl’s bag pointing to their character.
The school authorities were quick to act against the expelled girls, though no action was taken against the girls who posted the note.
The expulsion of the girls allegedly took place due to pressure from students of the same school who did not wish them to come back.
“The question here is who is running the school – the students or the school administration? This makes no sense to anyone that children were allowed to take such a huge decision affecting the future of 3 children and the people who were supposed to show the way actually bowed down to pressure,” said AIJIF director, Alex K Sangma.
Interestingly, a meeting was held on Friday on the same subject by villagers, in which the parents of 2 of the expelled girls were made to attend, despite the fact that the case is under investigation. The meeting led to the DC later intervening to ensure the family was not intimidated in any way.