The abduction, rape and murder of a 10-year-old girl and the murder of her seven-year-old brother here last week has stunned the city and created fear among parents.

Parents seek a secure system for the hundreds of children who go to school in private vehicles every day.

S. Shanthi, an Assistant Professor at a college here, said the Government should consider providing Radio Frequency Identity Cards to students, with the support of the schools.

The radio frequency network was already available. Such ID cards would help trace the whereabouts of the students.

Schools should implement a system, using modern technology, to inform parents in the morning every day of the arrival of their children at the school.

And, the schools should have a similar system to inform the parents immediately if the children failed to turn up on time, added K. Kasi Viswanathan, a business man.

Almost all the schools had school buses. However, these buses were unable to pick up children who lived in the interior residential areas of the city.

Ms. Shanthi said the schools should engage smaller private vehicles too for those who did not go by the school buses.

Mr. Kasi Viswanathan said schools should ply mini vans apart from the school buses.

According to him, the best option was parents taking their children to school rather than depending on other transport facilities.

P. Murugar, who is into real estate business, said parents should be careful while engaging new drivers.

The drivers should have an introduction from a known credible person.

A better option for the parents would be to use the school vehicles. Schools should also think of providing transport facilities for students in all localities.

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