Lucknow: A disturbingly high percentage of school girls face physical and emotional abuse in some form or the other from their teachers and male counterparts in India, a recent report of Amnesty International India (AII) has revealed.
Nearly 50% school girls have been emotinoally abused; in Delhi more than 87% have faced more than one form of abuse during their school going years
Highlighting shocking methods of abuse, the international report on “Safe Schools: Every Girl’s Right”, released in Lucknow University last week, said girls “continuously face the risk of being sexually assaulted, harassed or intimidated in or on way to school”.
Many school girls face psychological violence, bullying and humiliation while some are caned or beaten in school in the name of discipline, the report said.
Besides, they are threatened with “sexual assault” by other students, offered higher marks by teachers in exchange for sexual favours, and even raped in the staff room, it said.
Referring to the survey “Study on Child Abuse: India 2007, the AAI report said that the states of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar and Delhi almost consistently reported higher rates of abuse in all forms as compared to other states.
In all, 50% of the girls reported to have been emotionally abused of in one form or the other. Another shocking revelation was that the trend of abuse was worse in New Delhi, the nation’s capital with as many as 87% of the young female students reporting having facing one or more forms of emotional abuse during their childhood.
The violence in and around educational institutions remains pervasive and the dangerous trend exists in schools all over the world, it said.