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Explain panchayat action, NCPCR asks Haryana govt

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, May 20, 2013
First Published: 23:32 IST(20/5/2013) | Last Updated: 23:34 IST(20/5/2013)

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has sought an explanation from the Haryana government on the refusal of six village panchayats to send girl children to school due to harassment by boys.

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The commission, a national-level statutory body, asked the government for a report after the panchayats in Mahendergarh district declined to send teenage girls to school recently. “The status of girls and women in the state has been a matter of serious concern. There is a need to change the mindset of the people,” NCPCR member Vinod Kumar Tikoo told Hindustan Times.

He said the state authorities also needed to take steps to avoid a repeat of the Jind incident, in which a teacher was held on Thursday on charges of raping a girl student of a government school in the district.

Last week, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), taking suo motu cognizance of media reports on the decision of the Mahendergarh panchayats, had issued notice to the Haryana chief secretary and director general of police, seeking their reply in four weeks.

The girls, roughly 400 in number, had to face harassment on their way home from school and the police failed to act in the matter.

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