CCTVs in classrooms so parents can see kids in real-time: Arvind Kejriwal

of CCTV cameras in all Delhi government school classrooms, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday said parents will be given access to see their children in class on a real-time basis within three months.

Jain, Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash and officials of the department of education. The move is precipitated by the murder of a seven-year-old at a private school in Gurgaon, followed by the rape of a toddler at a school in Gandhinagar. It also came a day after a private school was charged by Delhi Police in the case of a child allegedly being sexually abused by another child.

In September last year, the CBSE had issued a notice to all affiliated schools in enlisting guidelines to ensure a child’s safety on the school premises. Lt Governor Anil Baijal had directed the Delhi government to make security measures mandatory, linking the schools to rules for recognition, while also asking the Delhi Police to waive verification charges in a bid to provide incentives to school to conduct background check on their staff.

A government official said, “Taking stock of the progress of the project, the CM said that the process of installation of CCTVs in schools should start within three months.

Officials said it was also decided that the education minister, secretary education and director education would “have the rights to view any classroom of any Delhi government school through the app at any point of time. There would be an auto complaint system to check non-functioning of any CCTV in the schools. The auto system would itself lodge a complaint and it will go to the system integrator who would then rectify the camera.

Kejriwal, meanwhile, said, “Each parent will be given access to see his child studying in class on real-time basis on his/her phone. This will make the whole system transparent and accountable and would ensure safety of kids.

The auto system would itself lodge a complaint and it will go to the system integrator who would then rectify the camera.

A senior official of the education department added, “There have been more than one case in the past few months wherein school authorities have had serious lapses in their duty. This isn’t limited to Delhi. But across the country. The idea is to create a system of complete transparency, where wards are able to understand and also observe the process of their child’s education. The idea is to create a robust but flexible system that can then serve as a model for the rest of the country.

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Fears of serial child killer in Pakistan city

The rape and murder of a dozen children by a suspected serial killer have terrified parents in central Pakistan, and prompted soul-searching over how the country fails to protect its most vulnerable.

The killing of six-year-old Zainab Fatima Ameen became the tipping point last week when her body was found on a rubbish heap near her home in the city of Kasur.

Candlelight vigils were held across the country and the hashtag #JusticeForZainab trended on social media, with celebrities, opposition politicians and outraged web users demanding action.

But grief spilled over into anger in Kasur, a city already infamous for child abuse after a massive paedophilia ring was exposed in 2015.

Zainab, officials said, is the 12th child found raped and murdered in the city within a 2km radius in the last two years.

The discovery of her body sparked riots in Kasur, with thousands swarming police stations and setting fire to politicians' homes, accusing the authorities of inaction.

At least two demonstrators were killed after police opened fire on the crowds.

A spokesman for the government of Punjab province - where Kasur is located - said the suspect was likely "a lunatic with psychological disorders".

The perpetrator involved in the murder is a serial killer," Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan told AFP.

In six of the cases, investigators have found the same DNA, Kasur district hospital chief Dr Nazir Ahmed told AFP.

Another doctor said the bodies of the children bore similar injuries.

Dr Fareed Khan said the victims showed signs of "strangulation, burn marks, scarring and wrist cuts.

Television stations have repeatedly broadcast chilling CCTV footage purportedly showing the young girl walking hand-in-hand with an unidentified male in what may have been her last moments.

Kasur is notorious for such heinous crimes.

In 2015, officials uncovered a huge paedophilia ring in the city. At least 280 children were sexually abused on camera by men who later blackmailed their families, threatening to leak the footage.

Police conspicuously failed to act despite pleas from parents, only making arrests after clashes between relatives and authorities dragged the issue into the spotlight.

From January to June 2017, there were 129 cases recorded in Kasur - including rape and murder - according to Sahil, an aid group that works on child protection issues.

Parents interviewed by AFP appeared overwhelmed once again by their powerlessness.

The district police chief told us if they can't arrest the culprit then what can they do," said Muhammad Ayub, whose eight-year-old niece was raped and killed in July last year.

Just one child is believed to have survived an attack.

The six-year-old girl has spent months in intensive care, paralysed from the neck down and unable to speak after being raped, tortured and left for dead at a garbage dump in November.

Cameras should be installed in the streets on every turn for protection of the children. how can mothers accompany their children all the time? asked the survivor's aunt.

How can I be satisfied. we don't know what's happening," raged Zainab's father Ameen Ansari at his home, where he blasted the police for inaction. They have not shown any interest at all.

Authorities, however, remain confident. I'm pretty sure that within a few days maybe we will present the main accused," said district police chief Zahid Nawaz Marwat.

Such assurances are not enough for the people of Kasur.

We have been forced to lock our kids inside our homes," said resident Ghulam Fareed.

Pakistan criminalised child sexual abuse for the first time in 2016, after the initial paedophilia scandal broke.

But with sex education non-existent in the conservative Muslim country, experts fear that an untold number of abuse cases continue to go unreported.

Always the powerful are abusers and the weak are the victims," said Manizeh Bano, the executive director of Sahil.

Such fears are not limited to Punjab.

Recent media reports have pointed to rampant sexual abuse of children in unregulated madrassas across the country, while a 2014 documentary highlighted how young boys in the north-western city of Peshawar are often abused for sex.

For Zainab's family, any change will come too late. They were unable to find my daughter for five days," her mother Nusrat Bibi said through tears.

I had educated Zainab (on) how to deal with strangers if they try to trap you," she cried. The girl was very wise and obedient.

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Kim Kardashian, Kanye West welcome third child

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Kim Kardashian and her rapper husband Kanye West announced their third child on Tuesday, a girl born to a surrogate. Kanye and I are happy to announce the arrival of our healthy, beautiful baby girl,” Kardashian said in a message on her app.

The couple thanked the unidentified surrogate “who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give.

They said the baby was born on Monday but they did not announce a name.

Kardashian, 37, and West are already parents to North, 4, and Saint, 2. The Keeping Up with the Kadashians reality and social media star has said she decided to use a surrogate after doctors warned of serious health risks if she became pregnant again.

Kardashian has given detailed accounts on her blog about the difficulties she experienced during her two labours.

Two of Kardashian’s sisters are also expecting babies. Khloe Kardashian, 33, announced in December that she is six months pregnant with her basketball player boyfriend Tristan Thomas, while their half-sister Kylie Jenner, 20, is reported to be expecting her first child soon.

The arrival of Kardashian and West’s third child swiftly became on of the top five trending topics on Twitter.

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Kim Kardashian, Kanye West welcome third child

Authors: Ecroaker. com Boosters.

Kim Kardashian and her rapper husband Kanye West announced their third child on Tuesday, a girl born to a surrogate. Kanye and I are happy to announce the arrival of our healthy, beautiful baby girl,” Kardashian said in a message on her app.

The couple thanked the unidentified surrogate “who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give.

They said the baby was born on Monday but they did not announce a name.

Kardashian, 37, and West are already parents to North, 4, and Saint, 2. The Keeping Up with the Kadashians reality and social media star has said she decided to use a surrogate after doctors warned of serious health risks if she became pregnant again.

Kardashian has given detailed accounts on her blog about the difficulties she experienced during her two labours.

Two of Kardashian’s sisters are also expecting babies. Khloe Kardashian, 33, announced in December that she is six months pregnant with her basketball player boyfriend Tristan Thomas, while their half-sister Kylie Jenner, 20, is reported to be expecting her first child soon.

The arrival of Kardashian and West’s third child swiftly became on of the top five trending topics on Twitter.

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'Students should be taught Gita, Quran, Bible twice a week'

School students must be taught from six major religious texts – including the Gita, Quran and Bible – to inculcate tolerance for different faiths, Union women and child development (WCD) minister Maneka Gandhi has said.

These days, there is a lot of religion-based tension. One of the reasons is that children don’t know enough of other religions, and operate on blind hatred. Teaching from scriptures of major religions such as Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Islam will help dispel religious stereotypes that students develop at a young age,” Gandhi said.

The Union minister, who raised the matter at the Central Advisory Board of Education meeting on Monday, now plans to ask the human resource development (HRD) ministry to conduct classes on the six religious scriptures at least twice a week.

How many of us have read our religious scriptures? I have read the Quran. How many of us know that Prophet Mohammed was anti-war? We were taught moral science during our school days, but it is not done anymore,” Gandhi said.

The Union minister also spoke on ways to regulate playschools across the country during the meeting. Although the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights – the country’s key child rights panel – has framed guidelines for the purpose, they are hardly ever enforced.

The WCD ministry has no feet on the ground to do it (regulate playschools). Enforcement has to be done by the HRD ministry. I have requested the HRD minister to take up this issue, so we can work jointly towards a solution,” Gandhi said.

She has suggested to her counterpart in the HRD ministry that playschools be attached to the nearest government school, so the principal of that institution could be made responsible for ensuring that the prescribed guidelines are followed.

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40,000 'orphans'

40,000 'orphans'

However, around 40,000 of the little souls lost contact with either or both of their parents, according to a survey by the social welfare ministry.

Of the children, 8,882 have lost track of both of their parents. They are now staying with their relatives, said Md Ali Noor, additional secretary of the ministry, quoting findings of the two-month survey carried out on the Rohingya slums in Cox's Bazar from September 23 last year.

All these Rohingya children do not know what exactly happened to their parents. Many of them fear their parents are dead.

As many as 655,000 Rohingyas have taken shelter in Bangladesh since violence erupted in Rakhine State in August last year.

According to estimates, the refugees include around three lakh children. Save the Children says another 48,000 are likely to be born in the squalid camps in Teknaf and Ukhia this year.

Children living in those camps are vulnerable to various diseases as a large number of them suffer from malnutrition. Aid workers have expressed concerns over their safety as well as a lack of educational facilities available for them.

In such a situation, the social welfare ministry in collaboration with the Unicef has taken up a project to provide the children with educational and psychosocial support.

The Tk 17. 22 crore project aims at giving financial support to around 9,000 "orphan" children. As many as 100 child-friendly spaces, 90 adolescent clubs and 90 child protection committees will also be formed to supervise around 34,000 children.

We are now further cross-checking the survey results," Ali said, adding that the verification process would start on January 27.

The child-friendly spaces and the clubs will remain open every day from 9:00am to 5:00pm and the children will get all sorts of support from there," Jamila Akhter, child protection specialist of Unicef, told The Daily Star.

Two volunteers would be recruited from the Rohingya community for each of the child-friendly spaces. A total of 50 social workers would be recruited to monitor the clubs and the committees, he said.

Under the project, each of the 9,000 orphans would be given Tk 2,000 in cash every month.

We will identify the children who need the cash most and would give them the amount for the next six months," she said.

Apart from the financial aid, the 90 child protection committees would provide recreational support to Rohingya children aged 14 and above.

The centres will educate the children about various issues, including reproductive health. Those will also raise awareness among the children about child trafficking,” said additional secretary Ali Noor.

The project was taken up to protect all children from violence. We know that the children are already traumatised,” said Jamila adding that “The project might be extended if the repatriation of the Rohingyas takes time.

Smartcards would also be given to the Rohingya "orphans," she added.

The Ministry of Social Welfare had asked the deputy commissioner in Cox's Bazar to allocate 200 acres of land in Balukhali for building shelters for those children. The initiative, however, did not progress.

Contacted, Cox's Bazar DC Md Ali Hossain said, “The ministry has already identified the orphan children. They are all living with their close relatives.

There was a proposal to keep them separated and relocate them to a designated place. But as far as my knowledge goes, there was no progress in the work.

Bangladesh had seen influx of Rohingyas from Myanmar also in 1978, 1991 and 2016. Now, more than one million Rohingyas are staying in the country.

Myanmar's treatment of its Muslim Rohingya minority appears to be a “textbook example” of ethnic cleansing, says the United Nations human rights body UNHRC.

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