Frame guideline for boarding in schools, say student bodies

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 19 | Publish Date: 7/19/2019 12:02:28 PM IST

Barely a day after a 12-year-old girl student was found death in her hostel room, student bodies in Manipur on Friday reiterated their demands for framing guidelines to be followed by school authorities running boarding and hostel.

A minor student, Ningthoujam Babysana studied at Class-VII at Standard Robarth Higher Secondary School in Imphal’s Canchipur was found hanging in her hostel room.

Controversy surfaced after family of the deceased alleged the death reeked of foul-play. While the police is yet to solve the  “mysterious” death case, students’ union of Kangleipak (SUK) has forced closure of the hostel with immediate effect, expressing strong suspicion in the mysterious death of the student.

Meanwhile, taking serious note of  the incident, two student bodies –Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) and Apunba Ireipakki Maheiroi Sinpanglup (AIMS) today demanded government to frame a guideline for running boarding and hostel by private and government schools in the state.

Addressing a joint news conference at DESAM office in Imphal today, leaders of the two student bodies alleged the incident was not the first of its kind in which students were found death in the boarding schools.

They blamed such incidents on the absence of proper guidelines to be followed by the schools and other educational institutions. In the absence of the government guideline, school authorities and individuals opened boarding and hostels and are converting education into a profitable business, they alleged.

DESAM’s general secretary Shital Oinam alleged that government has failed to check the functioning of the boarding and hostel in the absence of guideline to be followed in running boarding and hostel.

He demanded that the state authority concern must come up with a guideline to be followed while opening boarding or hostel in the private as well as government school.

He further said that till the government comes up with the proposed guideline, the two student bodies have decided to have a close vigilance on the functioning of the boarding and hostel in schools across the state.

He also demanded the government to initiate an investigation into the death of the 14-year-old student and deliver justice to the family of the victim.

Taking part in the press conference held at DESAM office in Imphal, AIMS vice president Saikhom Premchand expressed concern and  alleged that hostel and boarding at the schools were becoming the origin of various untoward incidents.

Absent of a guideline to be followed while opening boarding and hostel by the schools was the main reason behind such untoward incidents. He alleged that besides cases of death of students in controversial circumstances, there had been various incidents of rape and harassment of students lodging in the boarding and hostel in the past.

Meanwhile, locals of Thangmeiband Meisnam Leikai where the deceased girl hailed from today staged a sit-in-protest pressing the state government to investigate into the death case for the end of justice.

Talking to media secretary of Thangmeiband Meisnam Leikai Meira Paibi (women body) Bina Devi alleged the minor girl was hung after being murdered, while strongly denying school authority’s suicide claim. 

She strongly condemned the principal for neglecting such a crucial issue even though she (principal) has a main role to play in finding the truth behind the controversial death case.

Reiterating that Babysana was murdered, the secretary alleged that relatives and other members of the victim family, except her father,  were not allowed to look at the body which is currently lying at RIMS morgue.

She strongly condemned the state chief minister and concern education minister for their silence over the death of the student.

She informed that until and unless government comes out with the truth behind the death of the student, residents of Thangmeiband continue to launch various forms of intense agitations.


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