Schools to pay for mishaps to students, says Commission
January 18, 2008
New Delhi: In a significant judgment, the State Consumer Commission has ruled that students injured in mishaps caused due to poor maintenance of school building or other poor facilities have to be compensated by school authorities guilty of negligence.
Justice J.D. Kapoor, who presided over the commission, said, "Whenever parents send their children to school, they give their child's custody to the school and it becomes obligatory upon the schools to provide every kind of help."
The Commission also said the school's liability would be 'restricted' in such cases and they could not be asked to pay up according to the gravity of injuries suffered or as per the principles of medical negligence.
Holding the schools responsible to pay "nominally", the Commission said a "token compensation" would be calculated after taking into consideration all aspects, leading to injuries to a student.
Furthermore, the Commission also specified that the case would be dealt differently, if a student receives injuries due to a criminal act by any school mate.