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Find out more about Global Citizen. A large group of teenage boys and their parents attacked the young girls at their boarding school Triveniganj, in the northeastern state of Bihar, the Guardian reports. It all started when the girls were playing in a sports area and the teenage boys taunted them with sexually inappropriate comments.
Six boys and one woman were arrested.
Some of the girls fought back verbally and physically, and they were able to ward off the harassers temporarily. The situation escalated when the boys and their parents came back 20 minutes later and assaulted the girls with bamboo sticks and iron rods, police reported.
According to Guidathe boys and parents dragged them by their ponytails, and kicked and punched them. The school administration is trying to comfort the students by screening entertaining movies on campus and plans to tighten security by enlisting the help of police officers and building a higher fence to keep trespassers out. Another study found 1 in girls in India not only fears being inappropriately touched or harassed in public, but they expect it.
While India tightened its anti-rape laws in after a young woman was gang-raped, sexual assault is a still a major issue throughout the country, especially in rural areas.
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