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SC raps Centre on forces occupying schools

December 13, 2010 22:36 IST

The Supreme Court has expressed its displeasure that government did not respond to its order on the "serious" issue of ensuring that all schools and hostels of educational institutions should be kept away from the occupation of security forces.

The apex court by its September 1 and November 15 orders had asked the Centre to "clearly state as to how many of the educational institutions in the country are under the occupation of security forces/para military forces".

"You cannot allow the schools and colleged under the occupation of the security forces," a bench comprising Justices B Sudershan Reddy and S S Nijjar said and asked the Defence, Home and Human Resource Development Ministries to respond within four weeks.

"It is a very serious issue," the bench said and made it clear that the role of the Centre was more important on the issue as the CRPF, CISF etc are central forces and not the forces of the state governments.

The apex court had on September 1 passed the order while hearing on an issue relating to trafficking of 76 children from Manipur and Assam to Tamil Nadu.

The directions were passed on the recommendations of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) which was asked by the court to inquire into the trafficking of children from Manipur and Assam to Tamil Nadu on the pretext of providing them better education.

The bench had also asked Manipur, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka to respond to the recommendation of the NCPCR to shut down unregistered charitable houses running schools and hostels.

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