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Girl’s road to school unsafe

Patna, Feb. 6: Chief minister Nitish Kumar’s scheme can give a bicycle to a schoolgirl but safe road to educational institutions is still a far cry.

A Class X student from Gopalganj, who has been unable to go to school on her bicycle for the past few months because of harassment by some youths, today turned up at the chief minister’s janata darbar in the state capital seeking a remedy.

The student of a government high school at Sherpur Bakhnaur told Nitish Kumar that whenever she set out for her school on her bicycle — given to her under the Mukhyamantri Balika Cycle Yojana — the youths would follow her and pass lewd comments. “One of them, Sunil Rai, told me: ‘You are from nonia (Extremely Backward Caste) caste but you go to school on a bicycle. Do you want to be a collector?’” the girl said.

She added that one of the youths had also pushed her off her bicycle. “My cycle was damaged in the incident. When my father, Sayeesh Mahto, went to talk to Rai, he was assaulted. He was also threatened with dire consequences if we reported the matter to police.”

The girl also said she had lodged a complaint with the Gopalganj superintendent of police K.S. Anupam but the cops had taken no action.

After hearing the girl’s complaint, Nitish turned to director-general of police (DGP) Abhayanand and said: “This is the first complaint of its kind. Take it seriously.”

The DGP later told The Telegraph that he had assigned two probationary IPS officers Meenu and Shail to look into the case.


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