It was a day of celebration for the schoolgirls of Haryana on Wednesday, many of whom had been on hunger strike.
The state administration has finally agreed to upgrade their school from Class X to Class XII.
Nearly 90 students of Dahina village, in Rohtak's Rewari tehsil, had been agitating since May 10 for their government school to be upgraded to the senior secondary level. Some of them decided to go on an indefinite hunger strike.
The girls had complained that they faced harassment when they had to travel 3 km to a senior secondary school in a nearby village. "We faced a lot of problems earlier. They teased us and made it tough to go to school. But now we hope this will change," a Class X student told ToI.
"Everyday we faced molestation and eve-teasing. We were left with no choice but to resort to hunger strike to make the government hear us," another student told The Hindu.
The girls said they had complained to the sarpanch, who took up the matter with the authorities, but to no avail, so they had to resort to a hunger strike.
On Wednesday, they ended the hunger strike when the village sarpanch Suresh Chauhan was handed a notification by the district administration. "We are very happy that the girls were successful in convincing the authorities. They can now study (till Class 12) in the village and won't have to travel outside," he said.
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