Four held for harassing schoolgirls in Rewari

The Haryana Police, on Friday, arrested four youngsters on charges of teasing schoolgirls at Sumo-Katopuri village in Rewari district of Haryana. As many as 40 schoolgirls had stopped going to their school in Lala village after neither the school authorities nor the district police took any action despite their repeated complaints of being sexually harassed by a group of youngsters.

After the matter came to light in the media, Rewari district Superintendent of Police, Bharti Arora, ordered the district police to record the girls' statement and arrest the youngsters involved in the alleged instances of repeated teasing. The village Sarpanch, Hoshiar Singh, lodged a complaint on behalf of the girls and a case was registered. The four youngsters arrested have been identified as Pramod, Deepak, Parvinder and Ajad, all residents of Lala village in Rewari.

"All the students shall be provided security and police deployment has been increased outside the school. Nobody will be allowed to tease girls in the area and if anybody is found indulging in such illegal acts, stern action shall be taken," Bharti Arora said.

"The remaining accused shall be arrested soon," said investigating officer Sub-Inspector Ram Krishan.

A committee constituted to prevent exploitation and atrocities against children, on Friday, visited a number of schools in Rewari district and held discussions with the school children. According to sources, till date the district police has received over two dozen complaints of sexual harassment from schoolgirls, out of which nine complaints are such where the victims have named youngsters who had been allegedly harassing them after school hours.

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