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Haryana Schoolgirls Call off Hunger Strike after Govt Intervention

Protesting against the harassment they face on the way to school, a group of girl students of a government school in Haryana’s Rewari district have been sitting on a hunger strike for past eight days.


Updated:May 17, 2017, 4:00 PM IST

Rewari:  Agitating girl students of a government school in Haryana’s Rewari district withdrew their hunger strike on Wednesday after the government issued a notification to upgrade the high school in the village to senior secondary.

Girls break their fast after local MLA met them and shown the written order to them.

Protesting against the harassment they face on the way to school, a group of girl students of a government school were sitting on a hunger strike for past eight days.

The girls said they have to brave molesters on their way to the school which is 4-km away from their village. They are demanding that the high school in the village be upgraded to senior secondary so that they don’t have to commute to another village.

“We cannot tolerate this harassment. Police are trying to end the strike but we will continue till we see written orders from the government,” a Class 11 student told CNN-News18.

However, the Superintendent of Police in Rewari, Sangeeta Kalia, told CNN-News18 that not even a single incident of eve-teasing has been reported in the last one year from the area.

Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma assured help to the students. “Top officials of the district will go to school today to meet the girls. The order to upgrade the school was issued.” he said.

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| Edited by: Huma Tabassum
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