In yet another incident which proves the deteriorating situation of law and order in Bihar, 34 school girls were beaten up and thrashed by a mob of people after they had resisted sexual harassment. The victims, who are aged between 12 to 15, are the students of Kasturba Gandhi girls government school in Supaul.
It is reported that the girls took offence to a boy writing some lewd comments on the school wall, and condemned him for doing so. But some time later, people armed with sticks came and attacked the school. For about an hour, the girls were attacked by the mob.
One of the eyewitness, who was present at the spot, shared the details about the incident.
"When the girls came outside the school to play, boys standing in the nearby terraces used explicit words. After the girls revolted to the comments, they were beaten up by the boys. A few of us went to the field to calm the situation. It all became peaceful soon after, but the boys did not stop misbehaving. At that point, there were 10-12 boys," he said.
The warden of the school also spoke about the attack on girls, saying "The kids were out on the field to play, when a fight started. A boy named Mohan from neighborhood and his mother had a with the girls. During the fight, they started hurling bad words at the girls. I condemned it and said I would call the HDO. After seeing that the girls are getting beaten, I called the HDO. Many from the district were involved."
Further embarrassment followed, this time for the police in the state, after the district's MP revealed that the cops arrived at the scene of crime '3 hours' after the incident took place, and did not even file an FIR immediately.
Speaking exclusively to Republic TV, Ranjeet Ranjan said,
"The FIR was filed right now. I reached the spot yesterday night when I was informed about the incident. I asked the local police station as to why FIR wasn't filed then. The Police reached 3 hours late, and also said that if school wants to file an FIR, then we will file it. The authorities have the responsibility to act on their own because it is about the safety of the girls. More than 100 people attacked the girl, but FIR has been filed against a mere 7 or 8 people. There is no safety whatsoever."