Rewari students continue their hunger strike, 10 girls admitted to hospital

Rewari students continue their hunger strike, 10 girls admitted to hospital

"We fear harassment and molestation by youths of other villages and hence, we are demanding upgradation of our school up to Class XII", one of the girls on hunger strike had said.

"Apart from the state government, it is also the social responsibility of the other prominent people of the village and panchayats to come forward to confront bad elements", additional chief secretary (school education) PK Das said.

Despite Sharma assuring them on Monday that the school would be upgraded, the students had continued with the stir, saying that until they received official word from the government, they would not relent.

"We have upgraded the school".

Heeding to the demand, Haryana Education Minister, Ram Bilas Sharma, announced on Wednesday that the Government High School in the village had been upgraded up to the level of senior secondary by relaxing certain rules.

"The district education officer along with deputy commissioner have deputed a principal who from tomorrow will initiate the process of admission for classes 11 and 12".

Following the protests, around 10 students have been shifted to hospital. The agitating girls complained that they have to travel three kilometers to attend school in neighbouring Kanwali village and on the way face harassment at the hands of boys.

"A liquor shop had also opened on the route, which made things all the more hard for us", a protester said.

It was a day of celebration for the schoolgirls of Haryana on Wednesday, many of whom had been on hunger strike.

The village sarpanch, Suresh Chauhan, and sacked BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav had also held a hunger strike in support of the protesting girl.

Haryana has a skewed gender ratio, and crimes against women in this state often make headlines.

Last year, Rewari's Suma Khera village was in the news when its residents stopped sending the girls to school in Lala village following the alleged rape of a girl en route to the school in April last. Lashing out the current government, former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said, what development this government will do if it takes so much of time to upgrade a school. The residents of Suma Khera village had also staged a sit-in demonstration against the BJP-led Haryana Governmen demanding upgradatin of primary schools to middle schools.

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