Schoolgirls crushed with sticks after protesting sexual harassment

NEW DELHI: Thirty-four Indian schoolgirls aged between 12 and 16 have been taken to hospital after being crushed with sticks by a bunch of boys, together with the boys’ moms and neighbours, who had harassed them earlier within the day, authorities mentioned.

The assault occurred on Saturday exterior a government-run boarding faculty in Bihar, police informed Reuters, following a collection of sexual assaults throughout the nation that has sparked outrage.

India is the world’s most harmful nation for girls because of the excessive danger of sexual violence and being pressured into slave labour, in response to a Thomson Reuters Basis survey of about 550 consultants on ladies’s points launched in June.

Earlier this yr in Bihar, greater than 30 ladies have been sexually assaulted and tortured at a shelter.

Saturday’s assault solely got here to mild on Monday due to the delay in submitting the case. Ten individuals, together with 4 ladies, have been arrested, Mrityunjay Kumar Choudhary, Supaul’s police chief, informed Reuters.

The ladies suffered minor accidents and have been launched from hospital over the weekend.

The boys, aged between 12 and 16, entered a subject close to the varsity within the village of Darpakha, about 300 km (180 miles) from the state capital, Patna, the place the women have been taking part in on Saturday and shouted obscene feedback, Choudhary mentioned.

The boys left after the women protested, solely to return later with a bunch of round 20 individuals armed with sticks.

“The boys introduced their moms and others from the neighbourhood,” Baidyanath Yadav, Supaul’s district chief, informed Reuters. The older ladies additionally attacked the women, he mentioned.

The ladies returned to high school, the place authorities have beefed up safety, on Monday, Yadav mentioned.

Opposition chief and former Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav took to Twitter to focus on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, accusing him of sustaining a “crafty silence” on the violence.

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