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Rajasthan HC directs state govt to ensure smart TV screens in Balika Gruhs, Nari Niketans for educating inmates

The suggestion is considered to be an effective tool for providing education to the ladies without requiring the physical presence of faculty members

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The Rajasthan High Court directed the state government to ensure that smart TVs are installed in all Balika Gruhs, Children Observation Homes and Nari Niketans and pre-recorded courses of education department can be provided for imparting education to women and children housed in them.

The Division Bench of Justice Sandeep Mehta and Justice Devendra Kachhawaha passed this order while hearing a Habeas Corpus Petition filed by Sangeeta.

Sunil Beniwal, Additional Attorney General, submitted that steps are already underway for establishing Open Air Gyms in the various care institutions viz. Balika Gruhs, Children Observation Homes as well as Nari Niketans all across the State of Rajasthan and full compliance shall be ensured within next two months.

Regarding providing vocational skills to the ladies housed in the Nari Niketans, a suggestion is given by Amicus Curiae Dr. Nupur Bhati that smart television screens may be provided in each institution on which pre-recorded courses of the Education Department can be played according to the age group of the women housed in the institutions.

The suggestion is considered to be an effective tool for providing education to the women without requiring the physical presence of faculty members.

Thus, all the three AAGs shall ensure that smart television screens are installed in all the institutions and pre-recorded courses of the education department can be provided so as to impart education to the ladies/children housed in these institutions.

Farzand Ali, AAG, further submitted that a programme named ‘Smile’ has been developed by the Education Department, which can easily be displayed to the women, who are lodged in the Institutions.

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Pankaj Sharma, AAG, and Manish Vyas, AAG, apprised the Court that compliance has already been ensured regarding increase of the frequencies of the visits by the medical experts in the Institutions and an Affidavit has been filed to this effect.

The Court posted the matter for receiving further progress report and hearing the matter on March 15.

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