Tired of the ‘regular nuisance,’ in a bid to combat incidents like eve teasing, molestation and verbal abuse, Nagpur’s JN Tata Parsi Girls’ School conducted a peaceful protest with roses and placards like the one in Sanjay Dutt starrer super hit movie Lage Raho Munna Bhai. The protest was carried out in front of the school and in the vicinity of Gandhisagar Lake to fight against incident eve teasing, which has allegedly taken place with their students. The protest was also conducted to urge NMC to prevent the Shaniwar Bazar (Saturday Market) – also known as Chor Bazaar – vendors to run their businesses at least 100 metres away from the school premise.
Speaking to Nation Next Dr Thrity Dinshaw Patel (Managing Trustee JN Tata Parsi) said, “Our school has conducted this program to combat eve teasing and molestation faced by our children through some of the miscreants allegedly from the market (Shaniwar Bazaar). Few of these miscreants have even abused our girls. We had earlier lodged a complaint at the police station to take action in this matter but despite their action, the miscreants would again continue their wrongdoings. We’ll be obliged if our Guardian Minister Dr Nitin Raut inquires about the matter and help us solving the problem.”
While addressing the media persons PI (Police Inspector at Ganeshpeth Police Station) SS Kumre said, “Every Saturday, when the market is open, our police personnel take care that the vendors don’t create any ruckus in the area. We haven’t received any complaints of molestation. However, we assure the school that our patrolling vehicles will keep a watch on all the vendors as well as eve teasers.”
Brushing aside the statement made by the police that no complaints of molestation so far have been lodged, the Principal claimed that they had earlier filed a complaint about the same at the police station but no strict measures were taken.
Slightly worried and concerned by the incidents that took place in the past, few students from the school spoke to Nation Next to narrate their ordeal: “After conducting such a peaceful protest by our school authority, we’re quite certain that the problems of eve teasing and molestation that we have faced in the past will not be repeated in the future” said student Muskan Dave.
“Boys often roam in the vicinity of our school (some of which are from the market); they even dare to tease and touch us! I myself have faced one such incident when a boy came and made obscene jokes at me. As I responded, he abused and subsequently left the spot” said Hasika Rajdeo.