Many girls stop going to school after rape of student in Haryana

May 08, 2016 12:00 am | Updated 05:44 am IST - REWARI:

Citing safety concerns, parents of at least 38 girls have stopped sending them to a school in a neighbouring village, where a student was allegedly raped last month.

The panchayat of Suma Khera village, which said they were forced to send their children to the neighbouring village as the village had only a primary school, announced an indefinite dharna till it was upgraded, even as the Opposition attacked the BJP government over the issue.

Deputy Commissioner of Rewari Yash Garg said the girls’ families stopped sending them to the government school in neighbouring Lala village, where a student was allegedly raped on April 18.

In the wake of the incident, parents got the names of their girls, studying in Classes IX and XII, deleted from the school’s rolls and the panchayat concerned started demanding that the primary school in Suma Khera be upgraded to senior secondary level, he said.

Upgrading of village primary school sought

The panchayat on Friday decided to launch an indefinite dharna if the state government failed to upgrade the primary school in Suma Khera even as district authorities assured them safety in Lala village, Mr Garg said.

“We have also arranged teachers in Suma Khera so that the girls’ could continue with their studies,” he said.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar told reporters that he was hopeful of people of both villages reaching a settlement and offered to upgrade the primary school in Suma Khera to Class VIII.

The villagers, however, have turned down the offer and stand firm on their demands, the DC said. “Now state Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma, along with two of his Cabinet colleagues, will hold a meeting with villagers to discuss the issue,” he said. Also, families from Kotapuri village have also stopped sending their children to the government school in Lala village, Mr Garg said.

Opposition attacks Khattar government

The Opposition INLD on Saturday attacked the Khattar government over the issue, saying it “boasts of ‘Beti-Bachao, Beti Padhao’ campaign for the girl child, but the sad reality is that girls are not feeling safe and parents are forced to withdraw them from schools”. - PTI

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