Imphal, July 27,
Parents of the hostellers staying at the hostel of Standard Robarth School Canchipur today took out all the belongings of their wards from the hostel room today demanding justice for Ninghoujam Babysana who was found death in the same hostel in a suspicious manner on July 18.
Parents of the wards who came to collect the belonging reportedly saw the dormitory where their children were staying as they were never allowed to enter the room on visiting day. Almost all parents while collecting their children’s belongings were shocked to see the condition their children were kept in the dormitory of the hostel. There were no fans and the double decker iron beds were place with no sufficient space for the students to move freely. In short the hostellers were kept like broilers in poultry farms. Some parents don’t want to send back to the hostel while few were willing to send back after the issue of Babysana death case. 147 girls were staying in the hostel. Parents had already taken their wards days later after the suspicious death of Babysana but their belonging were collected only today as agreed with the student body AMSU and the JAC.
Talking to media persons, Secretary General of All Manipur Students Union (AMSU) Bipinchandra Ahanthem said that with the mysterious death of Babysana and many other unwanted cases that had happened at many private run hostels including the recent one the student body demanded a proper guideline and regulations to be framed. He said some organizations including the one headed by Landhoni, the Principal of Standard Robarth Eanglish School had been opposing the Manipur Private School Registration Act, 2017 which has been passed by the Manipur State Assembly.
And using every means the organization led by the principal Landhoni the state government is not implementing what they had passed in the State Assembly, he added.
Bipinchandra further said that the All Manipur Private School Welfare Association has been demanding review of the Manipur Private School Registration Act, 2017 which has been passed by the Manipur State Assembly and for reason unknown the act has not been implemented till today.
“If the act has been implemented many private schools may be derecognized”, he said and added that many school do not fulfill the criteria outlined in the Govt. act.
Even though there are many organizations which are against the Manipur Private School Registration Act , 2017, the All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) will work tooth and nail to make that the act is implemented, Bipinchandra said.
Human Resource Secretary of the AMSU, Bruce Pebam while talking to media persons said that the belonging of the hostellers were taken out from the hostel as desire by the parents after they felt that their children are unsafe in the hostel. He said that during a meeting called by the AMSU almost all parents of the hostellers were present and they expressed insecure in keeping their children at the Hostel.
The All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) taking help of the State Police today took out the belongings of the children from the hostel.
“This was to ensure that transparency during the process of investigation”, Bruce said.
When all the hostel rooms (dormitory) were open the dormitory where Babysana died in a mysterious circumstances was kept sealed. No one was allowed to enter that room as investigation is being on.