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Calcutta HC directs implementation of counsellors in all WB schools

KOLKATA: The Calcutta High Court has directed the implementation of comprehensive guidelines to appoint counsellors in about one lakh educational institutions in West Bengal to protect students from sexual abuse.

Justice Nadira Patherya ordered that counsellors will have to be appointed to all educational institutions in the state in a phased manner within one year. The Court was acting on a petition filed by parents of a girl child who suffered abuse by physical education teachers of a city based school.

The Court decided to examine the larger social impact of the matter and appointed Advocate Phiroze Edulji as amicus curiae to coordinate with different schools to set out Standard of Procedure for safety and security of children.

The judge observed that progress in implementation of a report by an amicus curiae,  guideline proposed by the amicus curiae said, “Every school must appoint a person, who is an expert in child psychology, psychiatry or sociology and who has been actively involved in child welfare activities for a period of at least two years, as a counsellor for children in school.”

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