To avoid eve-teasing, six Haryana villages decide not to send their girls to school

Perturbed over the recurring instances of harassment of teenage girls, panchayats of six villages in Haryana's Mahendergarh district Friday decided to not send their girls to school from Monday (May 13).

The decision, taken by the panchayats, which met at Pal village in district, will affect 400 girl students. The meeting was chaired by a retired Deputy Superintendent of Police, Amar Singh.

As per the reports, the panchayats were called for the meeting following two incidents, which took place on May 6, when in two separate students two girl were allegedly teased by a few boys on way home from school.

In one of the cases, the girl had raised an alarm, following which the youngsters fled from the spot. Residents of the area had raised the matter with the village panchayat. They had also lodged a complaint with the police, on the basis of which a case was registered and a youth was arrested.

In wake of the increasing instances of girls being harassed by the youngsters, the residents of six villages including Pal, Gadania, Kherki, Nihalawas, Kuksi and Palah met Friday and condemned the inaction by both police and school authorities in ensuring safety and security of their children.

Expressing "deep concern over the safety and security of the village girls, who bear the brunt of unscrupulous elements", the panchayat members unanimously decided that around 400 girls of six villages will not attend school from Monday onwards.

A few months ago also, a similar case came to light from Mahendergarh's neighbouring district Rewari. Around 50 girls of two villages, including Sumo and Katopuri, had stopped going to their school because of the persistent problem of teasing by certain unscrupulous elements in the area. Though the police had booked a number of boys and arrested three of them, but many families withdrew their daughters from the school due the eve teasing menace.

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