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NEW DELHI Sam Martin Lions Jersey , May 17 (Xinhua) -- Over 80 schoolgirls in northern Indian state of Haryana, who were on indefinite strike against alleged sexual harassment that they faced at the hands of rowdies on way to school, called off their strike Wednesday after local government accepted their demands.
The schools girls, 13 of whom were on "fast unto death Glover Quin Lions Jersey ," ended their strike following an announcement by local education minister that their school has been upgraded to the senior secondary level.
According to the officials, from now onwards, the girls would be able to study Class 11 and 12 at their village school.
"After discussing the matter with chief minister the Gothera school has been upgraded," local government education minister Ram Bilas Sharma said.
"The district education officer along with deputy commissioner have deputed a principal who from tomorrow will initiate the process of admission for classes 11 and 12."
The schoolgirls of Gothera Tappa Dahena village in Rewari district Matt Prater Lions Jersey , about 101 km southwest of New Delhi, the Indian capital city, were on strike since last Wednesday demanding upgradation of their village high school.
Local officials who went to meet the protesting students offered them fruit juice to end their hunger strike.
"Since you know the school was not fulfilling the upgradation norms but due to the demand of girls, the government has issued a notification in just one day and other relevant process would soon be initiated Nevin Lawson Lions Jersey ," Yash Garg, deputy commissioner of Rewari told media.
The girls had skipped school and were on protest against alleged sexual harassment that they had faced at the hands of rowdies on way to school in another village.
"We were asking government to upgrade our high school to the level of senior secondary school, as it was becoming impossible for us to walk to the school in another village in wake of the daily harassment from the local boys on way," said a girl student. "The boys used to take their photographs using mobile phones and passed sexual remarks."
The girls had to walk a distance of around three kilometers through fields to reach senior secondary school at Kanwali.
"These young men used to pull our scarves and pass lewd comments Tavon Wilson Lions Jersey ," the student said. "Sometimes they come riding the bikes wearing helmets and it becomes difficult to recognize them."
The girls had threatened to drop out from school and stop studies, in case the government failed to fulfil their demands.
Locals said more than 10 girls were hospitalized after they fell unconscious during the hunger strike since the protest.
The schoolgirls prior to going for strike approached the village head, who reported to the local authorities.
Seeing no end to their miseries, the girls took it upon themselves and sat on strike. Some parents have also joined the protest to support the demand of their wards.
"The demands of the girls are genuine Quandre Diggs Lions Jersey ," village head Suresh Chauhan told Xinhua. "While walking to the school, they are the ones who face problem harassment and molestation."
Initially local authorities were reluctant to upgrade the school, for according to them it was not fulfilling certain norms.
The protesting parents of the schoolgirls had questioned the government policy over granting registration to private schools with less number of students.
"Private schools have just 20 to 30 students enrolled in Class 11 and 12, how come they fulfil the criteria and our school doesn't T.J. Jones Lions Jersey ," Shewta Devi, mother of a schoolgirl said.
Devi was also sitting on protest in support of her daughter.
Police meanwhile has refuted the allegations of sexual harassment faced by the schoolgirls.
"So far we haven't received even a single complaint from any of the schoolgirls from the village regarding sexual harassment," a senior police official said. "Now that the issue has been taken up, we will intensify security vigil aimed at providing safety to the girls."
Haryana has a skewed gender ratio Nick Bellore Lions Jersey , and crimes against women in this state often make headlines.
The fear of harassment in villages of Haryana discourages many parents from sending their girls to school.
Last year a school girl was allegedly raped on way to school in the district. Though some officials are making promises to the villagers regarding upgradation but students are demanding the written orders.
Last week a 23-year-old young woman was abducted, raped and subsequently killed by her ex-boyfriend in the state's Rohtak district.
Scrutiny of violence against women in India has grown after 2012 fatal gang-rape of a medical student in New Delhi. Though it brought spotlight on crimes against women in India, brutal sexual attacks against women continue to be reported across the country.
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