The Tamil Nadu State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (TNCPCR) held discussions on Thursday with the District Collector, Superintendent of Police and other officials of Kallakurichi Education Department at the subject of the death of a 17-year-old girl who committed suicide at a private school hostel in Kaniyamoor near Chinnasalem on July 13.
Following the meeting, Saraswathy Rangasamy, the Chairperson of the Commission, while speaking to reporters, informed that the school was running the hostel on its premises without the required license.
“During our visit, we found that they (school management) were running the hostel without getting any permission, which is a violation. newspapers that managers of hostels, not only for children but also for women, must obtain a valid license. However, this school has not taken any action to apply for it and it is a punishable offence” , she noted.
The officials who accompanied Rangasamy said that they should have registered in accordance with the Tamil Nadu Women’s and Children’s Hostels and Hostels Act (Regulation), and they will recommend to the police officials to amend the FIR filed in the framework of this case with the latest discovery.
“The management had hosted 24 girls in this unregistered hostel. Many in the state run a hostel without obtaining a valid license and this should be a warning to them. Anyone operating a hostel in their schools or privately for children and other women must register under the Hostels Registration Act or face a penalty of up to three years jail,” she said.