- 13 girls who have been on hunger strike since 8 days break their fast
- Government agrees to upgrade the village school to Class 12
- Admission to 10+2 begins tomorrow, says minister
Rewari, Haryana: The girls of Rewari’s Gothra Tappa village in Haryana, who have been on a hunger strike demanding upgradation of their school to Class 12, break their fast after the government agrees to their demands and also appoints new school principal on Wednesday.
State Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said that the school has been upgraded after consulting Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. “Admission to 10+2 will begin from tomorrow itself as we have appointed a principal for the upgraded school,” he said.
“The decision to upgrade the school has been taken on file as well,” said PK Das, Additional Chief Secretary of Haryana. He also appealed to the society and panchayats to ensure girls’ safety.
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.
Their only demand was that their school which ends at Class 10 gets upgraded till Class 12 as they repeatedly face harassment by men on their way to the senior school, around 3 kms away from their present school.
The girls are happy that their collective efforts have borne fruit and their dream of seeing a full-fledged school in their village has become a reality.
Sujata, one of the students, said that she is happy with the decision and is eager to commence school.
“This is the meaning of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao. Today all of us young girls have taken a pledge that for the sake of our education, we will stand up for each other,” she said.
With a sense of achievement in her eyes, another student Tanu said that she feels that with their eight-day struggle, they have been able to leave a mark for the next eight generations who want to study safely and responsibly.
“I am not only happy for myself but for all the girls who have been part of this,” she said.
We welcome the decision of the government, village sarpanch Suresh Chauhan said, and asked, “Looking at the condition of these young girls, six of whom had to be hospitalised, I ask, why has it taken the government so long to come out with their decision?”
Former BSF Jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav had also joined the girls’ protest on Monday. Actor Randeep Hooda had also tweeted in support of the girls yesterday urging the chief minister to “make an example of the culprits”.