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Tamil Nadu to invoke the Pocso Law on those who misbehave during online classes | India News


CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government decided on Wednesday to invoke the Protection of Children Against Sexual Offenses Act (Pocso) on those who misbehave during online classes. It also decided to frame guidelines to prevent sexual harassment of students during online classes taught by schools and educational institutions.
A helpline will be established for students to complain. The cybercrime wing will investigate the cases.
The move comes a day after a Chennai school teacher was arrested for allegations of sexual harassment during online classes.
In a statement, Prime Minister MK Stalin said that the school education department would frame guidelines for conducting and regulating online classes within a week for which a committee made up of the commissioner of the school education department, wing police officers of cybercrime and crime against children, academics and IT experts will be constituted. It will also frame the rules to ensure that sexual harassment can be prevented.
He also said schools should record classes online and recordings should be periodically reviewed by a committee made up of the PTA.
The decision was made at a meeting chaired by the prime minister to discuss ways to regulate online classes and decide what kind of action can be taken if things go wrong while conducting classes.

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