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Systematic attacks on schools on rise in India: UN

India figures among the four countries that has seen a marked increase in systematic attacks on schools, students and teachers between 2006 and 2009, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) report has said.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2010 10:22 IST

India figures among the four countries that has seen a marked increase in systematic attacks on schools, students and teachers between 2006 and 2009, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) report has said.

The other three countries were such attacks have increased are Afghanistan, Pakistan and Thailand.

The report also finds that children are abducted to fights with arrows and guns in India.

The UN cites the story of Tarrem Kosa who spoke to Human Rights Watch (HRW) about how the Naxalites came to recruit him when he was in class eight.

"I was studying in an ashram school (government-run residential school) when Naxalites came to my hostel. They took four students from my school, but after 10-12 km the other three were sent away, and only I was kept," he told HRW.

According to the report, Kosa who was 13 or 14 at the time, was trained to use bows and arrows, and then he was given a rifle and trained to plant bombs.

In India, nearly 300 schools were reportedly blown up by Maoists between 2006 and 2009, according to the report. These include, 18 in the first half of 2009 in Jharkhand and Bihar and 50 in those two states in the whole of 2009.

The UN found that dozens of schools have been occupied for security operations including at least 37 in Jharkhand in the first half of 2009.

In February 2007, Chhattisgarh government sources claimed that more than 250 schools had been blown up in recent months.