30 Indian schoolgirls beaten up in Bihar school.
(News Credit : CNN World News)
About 30 schoolgirls are recovering in a state-run boarding school after being beaten up by a group of teenage boys and their parents on Sunday.
The girls, between the ages of 11 to 16, were playing inside the school compound in Bihar’s Supaul district when the group of boys showed up and wrote “lewd messages” on the school’s wall.
The girls first addressed the boys’ messages in a “heated argument” that eventually turned physical, according to Mrityunjay Kumar Chaudhary, superintendent of police. A group of more than 60 girls initially “overpowered” the boys, so they ran away, only to return with adult reinforcements, he said.
“They came back with their parents. The boys with their parents barged into the school, beat up the girls,” Chaudhary said.
Dr. Prakash Kumar of Supaul’s Anumandaliya Hospital said 38 girls were brought for treatment and that none of the girls suffered serious injuries.
“Their hair was pulled out and some were punched, so they have swelling and external injuries. No one has any broken bones or internal injuries,” Kumar said.
Seven boys and three women have been arrested.
Baidyanath Yadav, Supaul’s district chief, told CNN that additional security measures had been rolled out since the incident and that female counselors had been sent to the school.
“We have deployed police officials and some women counselors to the school. We have arranged movies, extra sport equipment to entertain the girls. We have also raised the level of the school wall and added extra locks to the gate,” he said.
A 2018 Thomson Reuters Foundation report found that India is the most dangerous country in the world to be a woman because of the high risk of sexual violence and slave labor. And concerns over gender-based violence in Bihar have reached a fever pitch.