Madras HC in Government – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has ordered the state government to file a report by August 29 on the regulation of children’s school hours, as it has been said that private schools force them to study from 6 a.m. late in the evening. Stating that pressure from parents, relatives and peers to achieve high grades drives schoolchildren to commit suicide, the court also stressed the need to offer psychological counseling to students. The state must make a policy decision on the appointment of psychologists in each district to create a healthy atmosphere for children to study, the court said.

Justice N Sathish Kumar, while recording the observations of State Attorney General (SPP) Hasan Mohammed Jinnah on the progress made in the investigation into the death of the Kallakurichi student and the resulting violence, said said children, who need care and protection, often face pressure from society to achieve high marks. The challenges children face in the virtual world are unreal and when faced with real-world challenges, they crumble, Judge said.

“Under constant pressure and uncertainty about education and career, coupled with the lack of adequate care and support, children unable to cope see no choice but to take their own lives,” the judge said.

The SPP reported on the progress of the CB-CID investigation into the girl’s cause of death and the task of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to find the perpetrators of the violence. He said the SIT identified seven WhatsApp groups in which 875 members circulated messages to spark the protests. Fifty mobile numbers are pre-selected and their identity is being verified. Sixty-three YouTube links, 31 Twitter links and 37 Facebook links were identified and requests were sent to Google, Twitter and Facebook demanding the IP addresses.

The judge asked the media to show a certain “sense of responsibility” while publishing information concerning children and projecting children’s problems, it would lead to “copycat” suicides. He wanted the media to refrain from repeating the images or detailing the methods of suicide. They should give support numbers.

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has ordered the state government to file a report by August 29 on the regulation of children’s school hours, as it has been said that private schools force them to study from 6 a.m. late in the evening. Stating that pressure from parents, relatives and peers to achieve high grades drives schoolchildren to commit suicide, the court also stressed the need to offer psychological counseling to students. The state must make a policy decision on the appointment of psychologists in each district to create a healthy atmosphere for children to study, the court said. Justice N Sathish Kumar, while recording the observations of State Attorney General (SPP) Hasan Mohammed Jinnah on the progress made in the investigation into the death of the Kallakurichi student and the resulting violence, said said children, who need care and protection, often face pressure from society to achieve high marks. The challenges children face in the virtual world are unreal and when faced with real-world challenges, they crumble, Judge said. “Under constant pressure and uncertainty about education and career, coupled with the lack of adequate care and support, children unable to cope see no choice but to take their own lives,” the judge said. The SPP reported on the progress of the CB-CID investigation into the girl’s cause of death and the task of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to find the perpetrators of the violence. He said the SIT identified seven WhatsApp groups in which 875 members circulated messages to spark the protests. Fifty mobile numbers are pre-selected and their identity is being verified. Sixty-three YouTube links, 31 Twitter links and 37 Facebook links were identified and requests were sent to Google, Twitter and Facebook demanding the IP addresses. The judge asked the media to show a certain “sense of responsibility” while publishing information concerning children and projecting children’s problems, it would lead to “copycat” suicides. He wanted the media to refrain from repeating the images or detailing the methods of suicide. They should give support numbers.

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