The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the Haryana government on allegedly widespread sexual abuse of schoolgirls in Rewari district of the state.
Taking suo motu cognizance of a media report, the NHRC on Tuesday called for a report from the Haryana chief secretary on the sexual abuse in the district, including inside the school premises. The chief secretary has been given four weeks to submit the report.
The girl students had reportedly made revelations about widespread sexual abuse during workshops conducted by the state government in primary and middle schools in the district as part of a week-long sensitisation programme in May. The aim of the programme was to create awareness among girl students about "right touch" and "wrong touch" and the provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
However, the sexual abuse allegedly ranged from being inappropriately touched to eve-teasing, according to the notice. The commission, while appreciating the initiative of the Haryana government to hold sensitisation programme workshops, remarked that this state of affairs did not augur well for society.
"This kind of menace cannot be fought without a change in the mindset of people. It is very unfortunate that a state of helplessness is prevalent even among parents, which speaks volumes about the deteriorating social fabric on the one hand and rising criminality in society on the other," it commented.