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Girls in Haryana Village Drop Out of School Over Fear of Being Raped

Girls in Haryana Village Drop Out of School Over Fear of Being Raped

Though the local administration has put policemen and vehicles outside schools and colleges to reassure the students, police has asked the girls to stay alert.

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi stresses on 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao', in a Haryana village girls face the threat of getting raped while commuting to and fro from their homes to school in a neighbouring village.

The fear has resulted in most of the girl students of a village in Rewari district of the state giving up school after local boys allegedly gangraped a class nine student in April.

After the incident, the local panchayat decided not to send girls of the village to another.

Amar, a village resident, said, "We spoke to the minister but no solution has been found. We have decided to teach our children in the village only."

His sentiments are shared by others. Jitendra, another resident, too, opines that they would ensure the education of their children in the village itself.

The girls have appealed to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and the Prime Minister to upgrade the village school so they can continue their studies without fear.

Though the local administration has deployed police personnel outside schools and colleges to reassure the students, officials have also asked the girls to be on the alert.

Pooja Dabla, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Rewari, said, "We have positioned people around the school and institutions."

'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' has been projected as a priority of the Modi government and is talked about by Haryana government too. But looking at the ground reality, it seems it is proving to be nothing more than a mere election slogan.

first published:May 05, 2016, 23:11 IST