The Delhi government told the Delhi HC on Friday that the decision to install surveillance cameras in classrooms was justified, well-considered and taken into account in the greater interest of public school students, parents and staff.
The filing was against his September 2017 to December 2017 decision by the Delhi government to install surveillance cameras in public schools. The appeal further challenges a memorandum issued in November 2019, in which the Department of Education instructed school principals to provide student data to public works departments to allow parents to view live classroom feeds. I have ordered you to create a login ID and password for the parent so that I can view it. The petition also called for the immediate removal of the surveillance cameras and the destruction of the footage.
Lawyer Gautam Narayan said that there was never a complaint from parents or students about having cameras in classrooms. Narayan said, adding that the Supreme Court recently dismissed a similar petition. The court gave time to file a response and listed them case on January 13.
The response read, Reports of child abuse in schools in Delhi/NCR have surfaced, highlighting the need to increase school security for the safety of children. An emergency held on 11 September 2017 ordered all Delhi Government-run schools in Delhi to be required to install CCTV cameras in their classrooms. Following the child abuse incident, CBSE issued a circular to school principals on September 12, 2017, instructing them to comply with Human Resource Development Bureau procedures, including the installation of surveillance cameras in all vulnerable areas in classrooms.
The government said the decision to install surveillance cameras in all public school classrooms came after a report of child abuse in 2017, but a proposal to install surveillance cameras in school buildings has been underway since 2015.
“The main consideration when installing CCTV in classrooms is to ensure the safety of students as well as the attendance and punctuality of teachers in the classroom,” the government said.
The government has said that the right to privacy, like other basic rights, is not absolute and is subject to appropriate national restrictions, balancing the right to privacy in the classroom requires consideration of how reasonable expectations of privacy are in public classrooms.
The Delhi government, citing his 2018 Supreme Court ruling on Aadhaar, said that an individual’s right to privacy, even when it extends to the public, is always governed by the legitimate interests of the state. Given the increase in incidents of violence in schools, general societal concerns that must be taken into account in this case must be taken into account in the settlement of interests.
PIL said by the Delhi Parents’ Association and Public School Teachers’ Group that installing her CCTV in a classroom without the consent of a student or their parents and teachers was a “grave and direct violation of the fundamental right to privacy.” It was moved because it was “infringement”.
The appeal also alleges that today’s issues, such as the morphing and misuse of footage and its potential dissemination on social media and the Internet, exacerbate petitioners’ fears.