New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today took suo motu cognizance of media reports about brutal assault of at least 34 girl students of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) in Supaul district of Bihar when they resisted sexual advances and lewd comments.
The NHRC issued notices to the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police, Bihar calling for a detailed report in the matter including status of medical treatment of the injured students, measures taken to step up security at the hostel schools and action taken against the unruly group of people named in the complaint.
The NHRC observed that the contents of the media reports, if true, amount to violation of human rights of the victim girls.
“Going by the media reports, it is apparent from the sequence of incident that there is serious security lapse at the girls’ school, where the miscreants entered at their free will, committed the brutal act and fled from the spot,” the NHRC observed.
It added the local administration should have taken timely action when the issue was raised by the girl students regarding routine sexual advances by the local youths.
“The victim girls have been beaten up when they were in the custody of a government run hostel school. The incident has raised issue of safety of the girl students studying in the state run hostel schools,” the NHRC added.
According to the report, their tormentors included students of the adjacent Middle School and their parents.
The mob had reportedly a free run, vandalizing the school which is exclusively for the girls belonging to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, OBC and minority communities.