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Fears of sexual harassment forces Punjab to send lady teachers home on time

Dailybhaskar.com   |  Dec 08, 2012, 02:20AM IST
Chandigarh: A day after a Punjab police officer was shot dead while protecting his daughter from molesters in Amritsar, the education department has issued detailed guidelines to all the schools and district education officers in the state to take "pre-emptive" steps to check harassment of women teachers.
Instructions have been issued that in remote rural villages, efforts should be made not to post women teachers in schools and priority should be given to male teachers for such postings.
If in a village primary school, single lady teacher was posted, it should be located in 'Aanganwari' centre and if such schools were away from the centres, village Panchayat should be requested to shift the school to a suitable location.
The instructions said that lady teacher should not be asked to sit in the office during the odd hours before or after school timings for filling reports. It should be ensured that no single lady teacher is posted in schools where all teachers are male.
Members of management committees or panchayats should not pass any objectionable comments on lady teachers and at the time of closing of school, principal and management would exercise vigil to ensure that no one harasses the teacher outside the school.
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