Thirty-four school girls were beaten up for standing up to boys who harassed them

Thirty-four school girls were beaten up for standing up to boys who harassed them

In the eastern state of Bihar, India, Thirty-four Indian adolescent girls ranging between 12 to 16 years were rushed to the hospital after being beaten with sticks by a group or boys, the boys mothers and neighbors.

Authorities reported that these boy had assaulted these girls outside the government-run boarding school earlier in the day.

The attack happened on Saturday but was only highlighted on Monday because there was a delay in filing the case.

The boys were also the same age as the girls and shouted obscene comments at girls who were playing, the girls protested against them and the boys walked away only to return with sticks, their mothers and neighbours including few elderly members who beat them relentlessly.

The group of 20 out of which ten people including four women, were arrested according to the police chief. The girls were admitted to the hospital with minor injuries but have been released and have returned to their school. The school has since the incident beefed up security.

A similar incident occurred earlier this year where more than 30 girls were also sexually assaulted and tortured at a shelter in Bihar. According to a Thomson Reuters Foundation survey that comprises of 550 experts “India is the world’s most dangerous country for women due to the high risk of sexual violence and being forced into slave labor”