India schoolgirls on hunger strike to fight sexual harassment

India schoolgirls on hunger strike to fight sexual harassment

India schoolgirls on hunger strike to fight sexual harassment

Fearing harassment, a group of female students of a government high school in Haryana's Rewari went on a hunger strike for five consecutive days, demanding upgradation of their school. The girls had alleged that boys harass them on their way to school at the neighbouring village where they have taken admission in class XI and XII.

Joint Secretary (Education) also wrote to the Director of Secondary Education that the Haryana Governor has accorded to upgrade the Gothara Tappa Dahina high school to senior secondary level with effect from 2017-18 session.

More than 80 girls of Rewari's Gothra Tappa Dahina village were sitting on a hunger strike since May 10 demanding upgradation of their village high school to senior secondary school, alleging that the senior secondary school that they are in, is about 3 km away in another village and they face harassment on the way to their school from local boys.

According to a senior BJP leader, the government, based on the feedback from its trouble-shooters, hoped that the girls and villagers will get exhausted and call off the strike.

The girls said they had complained to the sarpanch, who took up the matter with the authorities, but to no avail, so they had to resort to a hunger strike. But when these students went on the strike, their families and villagers were more than willing to support them.

Several political leaders had even joined the girls in their protest.

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While Sharma had assured the girls on Monday that the school would be upgraded, they continued the stir. Tej Bahadur Yadav, a former Border Security Force (BSF) trooper who had shared a video on social media about poor quality food served to jawans, had also announced hunger strike along with the girls.

State Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said that admission to 10+2 will begin from tomorrow itself.

After the Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma announced that the government has made a decision to upgrade the school, the agitating girls ended their strike.

Interestingly, Sangeeta Kalia, the SP of Rewari has said that not a single incident of eve teasing has been reported in the last 1 year in the area.

Haryana is state with the lowest child sec ration and in recent times has also witnessed some horrific crimes against the women.

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