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High court's approval to install CCTV cameras in all government schools in Delhi

High court's approval to install CCTV cameras in all government schools in Delhi

The High Court has dismissed the plea for staging of CCTV cameras in the government schools of Delhi. The High Court rejected this petition on September 13, 2018. Earlier, the Delhi government had ordered the installation of CCTV cameras in all the classes. This order was challenged by the Delhi Government in the High Court and demand for a ban was ordered.

It is understood that after the brutal assassination of the student in a private school of Gurugram, the Delhi government made it mandatory for all the classes of the school to have a CCTV camera installed. For this, a circular was also issued by the Delhi Government.

CCTV sites:

Principal room, entrance to the school, school verandah, entrance to the toilet, entrance to school stairs and toilets. Apart from this, all those areas of the school will be brought to CCTV coverage area where more monitoring is required.

CCTV related orders in Delhi schools:

• CCTV cameras will be installed in the Principal's chamber along with all classes of schools as per the government order.

• Also, every corner of the school will be brought under the supervision of CCTV.

• The main entrance and exit door of the school should come in the CCTV coverage area.

• CCTVs will also be installed at the entrance to the toilet in schools as well.

• After the cameras are installed in schools, a monitoring cell will be set up in the school's premises for monitoring them.

• The principals will be able to see the activity recorded in every cell and every camera of the school on the LED screen.

What was the case?

The Delhi Government had proposed that about 1.4 lakh CCTV cameras be installed in five thousand government schools. After this, a petition was filed in the Delhi High Court and the question was raised that the government is compromising children's privacy and the petition said that in particular the students who study between class X to class XII in class room. The way CCTV cameras are being installed is like dissolving their privacy.

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