CCTV mandatory in Bangalore school buses

The new guidelines issued by Banglore police made it mandatory for school managements to install CCTV cameras and GPS device in their school buses and appoint floor vigilance officers (FVOs) to ensure safety of students.

The deadline for implementing these guidelines is set as August 31st.

The police released nine guidelines in the wake of bitter criticism over handling of the rape of a six-year-old girl by a skating instructor in Vibgyor High at Marathahalli in the City on July 2nd. Releasing the guidelines, City Police Commissioner M N Reddi said,”We will initiate action under IPC section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) if the schools, including pre-nursery, nursery and primary, fail to comply with the guidelines”.

The Commissioner said the deadline is August 14 for Vibgyor High. However, the management of Vibgyor High has claimed that many of the guidelines are already in place and has promised to implement others by August 14, – the commissioner said.

He said specific directions have been given to Vibgyor High. The management has been directed to appoint three FVOs, repair defunct CCTV cameras, install additional cameras and appoint 97 security personnel.

As per the new guidelines, the privately owned buses or other vehicles operated for schools must have Global Positioning System (GPS) device and Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras. The number of students in such vehicles should not exceed the prescribed number as per the Transport Department.

The school management should now have to verify driving licences of drivers and get more information about their family background from the police. A male and a female staff should accompany students till they reach their doorsteps. CCTV cameras should be installed in the schools, too.

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