Father of Babysana alleges she was murderedIMPHAL | Jul 21
“The police personnel at the spot earlier did not allow me from entering at the place where my daughter reportedly died by hanging herself even though I introduced myself and pleaded to the police officials as her father and I presume the incident is a definite case of murder.”
Ningthoujam Tomchou Singh, father of Ningthoujam Babysana Chanu stated in a press conference held today at Thangmeiband THAU ground, Imphal West.
Babysana, 13, daughter of N. Tomchou Singh of Thangmeiband Maisnam Leikai, Imphal West was found dead hanging inside the hostel of Standard Robarth Higher Secondary School, Canchipur on July 18 morning.
It is said that 36 students including late Babysana were staying at the hostel dormitory. Principal of the school, Landhoni said earlier that apart from the 36 students the students at the hostel were looked after by a woman warden named Jinty.
Tomchou further stated that after he was informed about the incident by the school authority at about 5 am, he reached the school boarding at about 6.15 am but no one was allowed to enter the crime scene even though he introduced himself as the father of the deceased.
“When I was not allowed to enter and see my daughter despite making desperate efforts, I along with my wife turned back for a while,” Tomchou lamented.
After some hours, he forcibly entered the spot where Babysana was reportedly hanged and noticed that she was hanged at her boarding bed, he said. “The bed in the hostel is a twin bed and she was hanged by putting the knot at the rim of the upper bed. There was a length of about only 6 inches from the knot and neck of Babysana, and her feet was full of dirt,” he stated.
On the other hand, Landhoni had stated earlier that as per daily routine students were made sleep after they wash clean.
He said, Babysana was a normal child and did not have any problem at home. “The mysterious death of Babysana can be presumed only as a definite case of murder,” he added.
It can be mentioned that at yesterday’s conference, Landhoni failed to give answer to one of the query from media and she gave her word that the incident can be thoroughly reported from the school warden. And she fixed a conference today at Manipur Press Club where the warden failed to turn up.
Tomchou further appealed to the government to look into the death and by bringing the existing lapses of school management in such hostels, create certain strict rules for private schools including hostels not to repeat such incidents in the future.
Though the victim’s family alleged the mysterious death of Babysana as a premeditate murder, the school authorities are claiming it as suicide.
Meanwhile, Manipur Alliance for Child Rights (MACR) had stated that the absence of comprehensive regulatory guidelines is the main cause of frequent cases of suicide, sexual and physical assaults amongst students.
A release stated that upon viewing the serious consequences of unregulated hostels, MACR has called for adoption of a regulatory guideline for the educational hostels and boarding in the State from the year 2014. MACR, in its call for necessary actions to be taken up by the authority concerned, had submitted an application to Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MCPCR), which is the monitoring authority of RTE Act, to develop a draft guideline for the State when the Commission was headed by A. Nabachandra Singh. “MACR has been continuously advocating with various forums such as NCPCR and UNICEF to develop such a policy document,” it said.
The release also mentioned that National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) ultimately developed a “Regulatory Guidelines for Hostels of Educational Institutions for Children” in the year 2018. “The Guidelines mandated for mandatory ‘Registration of all the hostels, prescribed a staffing pattern, minimum Norms and Standard, Monitoring & Redressal of Grievances etc.,” it continued adding that as per the guidelines, the head of District Education is the competent authority for registration, while district magistrate and district collector shall constitute the monitoring committee for periodic inspections of the hostels.
It mentioned that a hostel must have a superintendent, warden, counsellor, security guard, nurse, sweeper, cleaner, helper, cook, kitchen staff, clerk, office assistants etc.
“The suggested norms for buildings or accommodation in each institution with 50 children are 2 dormitories, 2 study rooms, sickroom, dining hall recreation room, library, 5 bathrooms and 8 toilets along with Counselling and Guidance rooms amongst others,” it said while adding that unfortunately, the regulatory guidelines drafted by NCPCR is yet to be notified by the State authority concerned in spite of the fact that the State is witnessing lot of child rights violation cases, including sexual assaults , suicides, physical assaults cases now and then.
“In this juncture, MACR appeals the authority concerned to notify the NCPCR draft regulatory Guidelines to be enforceable in the State at the earliest,” the release continued while also maintaining that all the existing so called hostels, boarding need to follow the prescribed safety norms and ensure the protection of children against sexual abuse, facilities for trauma management etc., otherwise these unregistered institutions will remain ever as unsafe and vulnerable places for the innocent children.
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