Gujarat women’s panel chief hears woes of Mehsana girls

July 8th, 2008 - 10:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Palanpur, July 8(IANS) The head of Gujarat’s women’s commission Tuesday visited a teachers training institute in Mehsana district to hear complaints that two of its students had been sexually harassed. “It is not a matter concerning Priyanka Thakkar or Vaishali Goswami. It is a problem for all of us,” the girls of Smt K.B. Dave Adhyapan Mandir, a co-educational institution at Pilvai in Vijapur taluka of Mehsana district told Jaishriben Patel, the commission chief, Tuesday.

Thakkar and Goswami, two final year students, had Sunday complained at the Vijapur police station about the alleged sexual harassment by Kamlesh Dave, 30, managing trustee of the Adhyapan Mandir.

Patel called on the girls at the farmhouse of Mithabhai Patel, guardian of student Kinjal Patel, where they had fled to on the night of July 5.

Vaishali told the commission chief that though they were in the final year of their course, they would rather die than go back to the college and subject themselves to Dave’s lasciviousness.

Vaishali was injured last Saturday while trying to extricate herself from the clutches of three men who were pushing her into Dave’s room. She showed her injuries on her swollen thighs to Patil.

On Monday night all 42 girls of the college decided to go to Mehsana and launch an indefinite hunger strike at the collectorate office from next week. If they are compelled to go back to the college, they have threatened self-immolation.

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