Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya, Karan Singh Grover and Shama Sikander
Schools will find it harder to ignore protesting parents' demand for safer schools, with several TV celebrities signing up for the fight.
Well-known faces from TV, such as Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya (Yeh Hai Mohabbatein), Shama Sikander (Yeh Meri Life Hai), and Karan Singh Grover (Hate Story 3, Qubool Hai), have joined more than 2,000 residents of Lokhandwala and the adjoining Oshiwara in signing a petition with 13 demands to beef up security in schools.
The residents, who are petitioning Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, say that the rape of a three-year-old by a Podar school peon, and the more recent murder of a seven-year-old in Haryana, have shaken them up and given them sleepless nights.
They have demanded CCTV cameras with night vision, basic self-defence classes for students and psychometric evaluation of all non-teaching staff among other such measures.
"Along with norms, an independent monitoring agency needs to be implemented to see that these norms are adhered to," said Dhaval Shah, founder of the Lokhandwala-Oshiwara Citizens Association.
Taking the fight to schools
Surjeet Singh Dadiala, Lokhandwala resident
'Maintaining school safety norms is not just imperative, but mandatory. We will not back down and will continue our fight against abuse in schools'
Vineesha Arora Sarin, who runs an art academy in Andheri
'I have personally taught each class members how to protect themselves. Additionally, I am making them aware about the 'no touch from strangers' policy'
Benita Mehrotra, Andheri resident
'I fear every minute of every day for my children, especially when they use the washrooms, since most of these incidents took place in school bathrooms'
Number of residents of Lokhandwala and Oshiwara fighting for safety in schools for the students
Number of demands the petition, prepared by the parents of children for the Chief Minister, has
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