Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Installing CCTV cameras in classrooms of all government schools is a well-thought decision: Delhi Government

The Delhi High Court has been told by the Delhi Government that the decision to install CCTV cameras in all Government schools classrooms is a well -thought decision and is in interest of everyone.

In an affidavit filed by the Delhi government, before the High Court, it is mentioned that decision has to be considered keeping in mind all the factors involved.

The affidavit submits that child abuses in the schools of Delhi/NCR has come to the knowledge of the authorities and the security provisions should be in place.

A plea highlighting concerns about the privacy of students and preservation of their dignity under Article 21 was filed, on the Government of Delhi filed its response.

A division bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh had issued notice on the petition and sought the Delhi government’s response.

Additional Standing Counsel Gautam Narayan who was the counsel for the state told the Court that the plan was well though and reviewed for more than two years before being proposed.

Thus, the decision for installation of CCTV was not a knee-jerk reaction to the reports of child abuse received in 2017.

The State Government has further said that the installation of cameras does not infringe the right to privacy as the same is not absolute and would always be subject to reasonable restrictions.


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