Two teenage sisters,who were allegedly harassed by their neighbours in Mehsana for their decision to pursue higher education,have fled the village. One of the girls,19-year-old Jigisha Zala,a resident of Maknaj village under Santhal police station,lodged an FIR against eight persons on May 12. She alleged that her neighbours,including the village sarpanch Dilip Ratansinh Thakore,had been threatening her and her family for the past one year.
The whole neighbourhood has been abusing our family for our decision to study, Jigisha told The Indian Express over phone.
Jigishas father works as a driver. She said that most of her relatives were educated and employed. Thats the reason she and all her siblings want to study to get jobs. My younger sister scored 89% in Class 12 (science stream) and wants to study further. We cant live in the village any more as the accused are good friends of police. We are shifting our base to Gandhidham very soon as our lives are in danger back home, Jigisha,who clear Class 12 and is trying to get admission in a bachelors course,said.
According to Santhal police inspector R B Bhatol,following the girls complaint,the police lodged an FIR against eight accused under various sections of Indian Penal Code,including 354 (assault on woman with intention to outrage her modesty),452 (house trespass),among others. Bhatol said that eight persons,including the sarpanch,identified as Dilip Ratansinh Thakore,have been arrested,while two more persons are likely to be arrested soon.
Dipak Kumar,in-charge of superintendent of police,said that the girl had lodged a complaint against the accused as they were not allowing her to continue their studies.