Nearly 100 girls from six villages in Bareilly have reportedly refused to attend school alleging “regular harassment” by a group of youths, following which the police have booked five persons.
Based on a complaint filed by the parents of five girls, the police on Wednesday registered an FIR against five youths on charges of passing lewd remarks, obscene acts, voluntarily causing hurt, criminal intimidation, and intentional insult with an intent to provoke breach of the peace.
No arrest has been made in the case that has been registered at Shergarh police station.
Bareilly Additional SP (rural), Brijesh Kumar Srivastava, however, denied that the girls had stopped going to school following the harassment.
He claimed only a few girls from three villages take a boat to cross a river on their way to school.
As per the complaint, the girls are from villages situated on one bank of the river, while the accused belong to Tanda village situated on the other side.
It has been alleged that the accused youths from Tanda village usually take a bath in the river and harrass the girls when they are on their way to school, said Station Officer (SO) Dheeraj Kumar Shukla of Shergarh police station.
Local village pradhan Tej Pal Singh Gangwar claimed that two days ago the parents of some of the girls informed the local police station but no action was taken.
The pradhan said the next day he handed over a complaint to the office staff of Union Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar in Bareilly.
On Wednesday, the pradhan took the girls and their parents and met DIG Range, Bareilly, R K S Rathore. The DIG later ordered an FIR.
Additional SP, Bareilly, Brijesh Kumar Srivastava said police came to know about the matter on July 20 when one of the accused youths filed a non-cognizable report (NCR) against three persons alleging assault.