Children in uniform may be banned from public places, says Uttar Pradesh kinder children’s rights group

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Students in their school uniform and during school hours are not allowed to enter shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, parks or other public places.

Suchita Chaturvedi, member of the State Commission for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SCPCR), has made this suggestion, apparently to protect children from any unpleasant incident that can occur when they are in public places during school hours without their parents/ caregivers around them.

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In a letter to all 75 district magistrates of the state, Chaturvedi said the committee has noticed that students often do not attend school during school hours and spend time in other public places such as parks, shopping malls, restaurants, etc.

She said there is also a possibility during this time that an unpleasant incident may take place.

“In order to keep the interest of the students in mind, the district magistrates have been requested to prohibit the entry of students in school uniforms in all public places of their district during school hours,” the letter said.

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Chaturvedi said it is the collective responsibility of society to protect the interests of all minors under the age of 18.

The State Commission for the Protection of the Rights of the Child keeps its finger on the pulse and contributes to this.

She said many of the district magistrates took note of her letter and wrote to the district inspector of schools and Basic Shiksha Adhikari for compliance.

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The hotel and restaurant owners and shopping centers were also asked to monitor the entry of students in school uniforms during school hours.

Anil Agarwal, President of Unaided Private Schools Association, Uttar Pradesh, said: “It is a good decision as we have often received calls from people telling us that students in school uniforms were seen in public places when they should have been in schools. We hope that the city council and the police will follow the advice.”