Haryana

Gandhian protest by schoolgirls to force govt for up-gradation of village school

May 16, 2017 07:36 AM

A Gandhian protest by a group of 86 village girls in a Haryana village proved stronger than the bureaucratic red tape as the state government on Monday agreed to upgrade their school to class XII. On the sixth day of their protest, Haryana education minister Ram Bilas Sharma announced that the Government High School at village Gothda Tappa will now be upgraded from class X to Class XII.

"In view of the hunger strike of girls in the village and the government's commitment to provide education to every girl in the state, the Haryana Government has accepted their demand," the minister said. The announcement came after 86 girls studying in classes IX and X in the village school went on an indefinite protest.

Thirteen of them were on a hunger-strike, according to village head Suresh Chauhan. The girls feared harassment and even molestation, if they were to travel to another village for studies. "We fear harassment and molestation by youths of other villages and hence, we are demanding up-gradation of our school up to Class XII," said one of the protestors. Haryana is a state which has one of the lowest Child Sex Ratio (CSR) in the country. The state has also witnessed some horrifying crimes against women in the recent times.

But the biggest hurdle that stood in the way was that according to the district education authorities, the school did not fulfil the basic conditions required for up-gradation. 

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