The state-run Senior Secondary School at Pheran village of Jind district in Haryana did not function for the fifth consecutive day Monday as the agitated locals refused to open main door to the school that they had locked on May 16,the day a class nine student alleged that she was raped by a teacher at gunpoint for over a month and harassed by other school staff.
Though the accused teacher and the headmaster of the school have already been arrested,the protesting villagers are alleging two of the school staff,who played a role in the alleged crime,should be arrested. For that,the villagers have given a two-day ultimatum to the district administration.
Earlier,in order to diffuse the situation,Haryana Education Minister Geeta Bhukkal had ordered that the entire team of the teachers will be changed at the school.
Meanwhile,a 10-member enquiry committee has been constituted by the Jind district administration. The committee members met the villagers and despite their and District Education Officer Dilbagh Singhs assurances of getting the guilty punished,the locals refused to open the main gate. They also held a protest rally and raised slogans against the state government and education department.
A number of women teachers transferred to the school from other centres after the incident reached Pheran village on Monday but could not take charge as they they were not allowed entry by the villagers. Sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Bhal Singh Bishnoi and DSP Rameshwar Kumar Lamba also reached the spot and tried to pacify the villagers,but in vain.
For the last five days,the students of the school too have not been allowed to enter the school. The ongoing agitation is a fallout of an incident,which came to light on May 16. A student of class ninth alleged that she had been raped by her school teacher at gun point for last over a month. The girls parents informed the villagers about the incident. The angry villagers reached the school and took schools headmaster Sadhu Ram hostage and assaulted the accused,Rajender Singh. Both were later handed over to the police.
Both were arrested on charges of rape and criminal conspiracy. A couple of members from rest of the school staff,who are also allegedly involved in harassing the girl,managed to escape from the spot.