Being the citizens of glorious India, time and again we are told since early childhood till old age that we live in a democratic country. We live in a country where everyone is told to respect women. While the political leaders keep on talking about women empowerment, a shocking incident took place in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Near about 150 girls were lathi-charged by Aligarh police station team for protesting against the absence of teachers in their school. The incident took place on September 29, 2015 in a government school situated in Chauru (Aligarh) of Tonk district which does not have teachers for three major subjects like Social Science, Sanskrit and English.
To disperse the crowd, five-member Aligarh police station team allegedly lathi-charged over girl students of the school, along with few teachers, villagers and other people involved in the agitation. These incidents are proof of the lawlessness that is not at all empowering but extremely detrimental. The incident has left eight girls severely injured. Seven of them are still admitted in the hospital and are undergoing treatment. Further the girls were not only beaten up by the police but also First Information Reports (FIRs) were registered against 150 students and 150 villagers under various sections.
If some local people are to be believed many girls tried to jump off from a nearby bridge so as to save themselves from the heinous act on the part of police. As of now, students are demanding a strict criminal case against all the alleged team members who did the lathi charge.
As per the reports due to the public furore, Superintendent of Police (Tonk) Deepak Kumar suspended SHO Amar Singh on the grounds for not controlling the agitation. On October 7, 2015 a press conference was orgainzed in association with several NGOs and women organizations who are helping the girls and had demanded investigation in the incident along with strict action against all culprits.
Though Superintendent of Police (Tonk) Deepak Kumar has suspended the alleged official yet he has refuted the molestation charges and blamed the villagers for giving the incident a ‘molestation’ angle for their ‘vested interests’.
Kumari Gaura Meena who is a student of Class 10 said, “The policemen started beating us with lathis. They groped, dragged us by our hair and foul mouthed us because we were demanding our basic right i.e. a teacher to teach.”
What more!! Manisha Saini, class 10 student who has suffered spinal injuries told “There are no teachers for English, Geography and Social Sciences in our school for the past three months and we were facing difficulty to manage the syllabus. We started an agitation in the morning when policemen arrived at the spot and started beating us mercilessly with lathis. They pulled our hair and dragged us on the street in broad daylight.”
Women Activist Nisha Sidhu said, “Our investigative report confirms that policemen used excessive force on students who were compelled to come out on streets due to non-availability of teachers. Instead of praising these girls for their valour, the SHO molested them in broad daylight. We demand strict judicial action against the guilty policemen.”