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TET teachers condemn `Dalgaon incident’, demand safety and security

SILCHAR, October 5: Stirred and shocked at the most shameful and dastardly act of gang rape of a TET teacher at Dalgaon in the district of Darrang recently, All Cachar TET Qualified Teachers’ Co–ordination Committee in a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister of Assam and submitted through the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar today demanded capital punishment to the culprits and at the same time full safety and security to the lady TET teachers working in the remote and isolated rural areas of the district. It was also stressed that considered against the backdrop of the report of National Crime Record Bureau of India about Assam being the third highest in the rate of violent crimes against women, the memorandum called for immediate arrangement for their reposting within 5 km of their homes.
It is to be recollected that after being short–listed for appointment, the TET teachers were posted within 8 km of their residential places and it was to their satisfaction, particularly the lady teachers. But, strangely enough, after confirmation the lady teachers along with their male counterparts were posted through lottery at places which in all the cases were more than 60 to 70 km from their homes. There was neither any logic nor reasoning behind the lottery. If it was at all necessary, the lady teachers should not have been brought under its gambit in view of their safety and security.
The memorandum pointed out that this haphazard manner of posting of female teachers was all the more questionable since it was an open secret that the rate of violence against working women was on the rise in this State which had raised concern in civil society. The women regarded as shaping and moulding the children as sisters and mothers should now be subjected to fear and panic while on their way to schools and return back homes.
The incident of Dalgaon once again has brought to the fore the vulnerability of women and with that the fragile security system. The incident in question was all the more shameful because the lady teacher in question was coming back home after observing Gandhi Jayanti in the school. The nation that respects and pays its homage to Gandhiji as an apostle of non–violence should now stand witness to the violence and crime against women and also once again focuses on the grim fact that working women are not at all safe in their places of work.
While strongly condemning the Dalgaon incident and expressing sympathy for the lady teacher, the victim of violence, All Cachar TET Qualified Teachers’ Coordination Committee have called for exemplary punishment to the culprits in order to instill the sense of safety and also confidence and simultaneously initiate immediate administrative measures by the education department for placement of lady teachers within the warranted distance of their residential quarters.
Besides raising the question of safety and security, the lady teachers of Cachar district in most cases have been posted in the schools which are inaccessible and they have to travel by some vehicle and even walk for miles through jungle and lonely paths to reach their places of work. This tells heavily on them physically and mentally and affects their performance.
The memorandum signed by hundreds of TET teachers and the office–bearers of the Co–ordination Committee, copies of which have also been sent to the Education Minister of Assam and the Director of Elementary Education, Assam, for taking necessary steps for the posting of lady teachers within the reasonable distance of their respective homes. Before submitting the memorandum, the TET teachers raised their voices of concern and condemned the Dalgaon incident, demanding capital punishment to the culprits and at the same time pressing for the safety and security of lady teachers. (SentinelAssam)