Ranis of Rewari: Haryana girls win fight for school

Ranis of Rewari: Haryana girls win fight for school

Ranis of Rewari: Haryana girls win fight for school

Tej Bahadur Yadav, a former Border Security Force (BSF) trooper who had shared a video on social media about poor quality food served to jawans, had also announced hunger strike along with the girls. "While walking to the school, they are the ones who face problem harassment and molestation". We were left with no choice but to resort to hunger strike to make the government hear us.

Mr. Sharma, however, said that notification formalities might take a few more days.

"We have upgraded the school at Gothra (village)", he told reporters, to much celebration from the protesters.

The girls began protesting last week after being harassed by men en route to their new high school in Rewari district in Haryana state, said local police chief Sangeeta Kalia. Deputy Commissioner, of Rewari, Yash Garg, met the agitating girl students and gave them the notification letter, following which the students ended their hunger-strike.

Television footage showed the girls' families rushing to them with juice boxes as the strike was called off.

"Private schools have just 20 to 30 students enrolled in Class 11 and 12, how come they fulfil the criteria and our school doesn't", Shewta Devi, mother of a schoolgirl said.

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Initially local authorities were reluctant to upgrade the school, for according to them it was not fulfilling certain norms. "Today our girls have done what we villagers had failed to do", said Mr. Kumar.

For nearly a week now, the girls studying in class IX and X in Gothda Tappa Dahina village school in Haryana have been on a hunger-strike demanding that the school they study in be upgraded so they do not have to travel to another village every day to attend school to get higher education.

"The demands of the girls are genuine", village head Suresh Chauhan told Xinhua.

Despite temperature shooting up to 42 degrees, the 13 girls who had been on hunger strike since eight days remained unfazed even as up to five of them were repeatedly hospitalized for dehydration. An ambulance and a doctor were deployed at the site round-the-clock.

"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", Haryana education minister Ram Bilas Sharma said.

Following Wednesday's announcement, Mr. Chauhan said they were satisfied with the assurances of the government and had made a decision to call off the hunger strike.

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