When will our girls be free and safe?
No answer? Right? As we celebrate the Republic day today, we bow down to our powerful constitution, written and amended orderly to protect the citizens of our country. But still, every day, we hear news of the brutality our citizens face both sexually and mentally. Is our constitution really progressive? Or not?
Because the human rights are still very much endangered.
Yesterday, The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the Maharashtra government to justify the mysterious deaths of over 500 tribal girls in state-run ashram schools. The NHRC said that the media reports “are indicative of violation of right to life and dignity of the girl students of the schools and also highlights the negligence and apathy of the authorities”
This grave matter came into light when a tribal girl, who came home for Diwali vacation, complained of stomach pains and later, she was found to be a victim of sexual abuse at school.
It was reported that school authorities maintained menstruation records of the minor girls and conducted pregnancy tests on them whenever they missed their period or returned from vacations, and this unethical practice was carried out without parental consent.
NHRC also stated the statistics:
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“Around 1,100 state-run or aided tribal residential schools in Maharashtra comprises of 2.3 lakh male and 1.6 lakh female students. In the past 15 years, over 1,500 students including 700 girls have died and sexual abuse is suspected to be a reason behind these deaths.”
Primary and secondary schools in tribal areas have long been neglected and this harsh reality has finally got its public disclosure No report has still been submitted by Maharashtra Government despite a reminder on 26 November.