Mainstream, VOL LIII No 43 New Delhi October 17, 2015
Girls who Demanded Adequate Teachers in School Lathi-charged, Injured
Monday 19 October 2015
At a time when the government is supposed to be committed to implementing the Right to Education legislation, students, particularly girl students, of a school in Tonk district of Rajasthan were brutally lathi-charged by the police on September 30. Seven girls got painful injuries and the condition of one of them was specially serious after vomiting blood.
A senior secondary school in Chauru village has 22 posts of teachers but only seven of them had been filled. Students, particularly those appearing for board exams, have been suffering due to shortage of teachers. In recent times there have been several protests by students of government schools and their parents in Rajasthan demanding the fulfilment of various facilities, including adequate number of teachers and classrooms. Inspired by this, senior students took out a protest march. As the school is located just near a highway, probably there was some obstruction of traffic due to this. This could have been easily sorted out peacefully as the students’ only concern was to ensure that the authorities respond to their long-neglected need for teachers. However, the police on reaching the site of protest immediately started beating the students with lathis and the girl students, who were in the front, took most of the beating. Some of them had their hair pulled and were thrown down a culvert leading to painful injuries.
Later pressure was exerted on the district hospital to play down the injuries and the savagely-beaten students were discharged without full treatment being given to them. Subsequently they had to take private treatment at considerable expense.
Several senior social activists have condemned this barbaric incident of cruelty against girl students demanding their basic right of education. Students should be properly compensated and strict action should be taken against all those responsible for this brutal assault. Adequate teachers should be immediately provided at this school.
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