The harassment has been reportedly taking place on a daily basis and has reached such a level that the girls have stopped attending madrassa and are forced to stay indoors.
MEERUT — A Muslim man from Mawana, near Meerut in Uttar Pradesh has sought help of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath after continued harassment of his four madrasa-going daughters by young men in the neighbourhood.
A father of four young daughters aged 17, 16, 14 and 12 wrote a letter to PM Modi and Yogi Adityanath on Sunday, a day after the men barged into his home and attacked the girls, even sexually abusing the 12-year-old. The group allegedly threatened the girls with an acid attack.
The letter was written on Sunday but reached the media on Tuesday – the day a global survey of the Thomson Reuters Foundation ranked India as the most dangerous country for women.
The harassment has been reportedly taking place on a daily basis and has reached such a level that the girls have stopped attending madrassa and are forced to stay indoors. The poor man felt himself helpless before the inhuman attitude of the young men and their improper threatening attitude.
Despite staying indoors the harassment does not end there. Recently, the men barged into their home and threatened them of being attacked with acid, a report.
Speaking to news agency ANI, two girls said, “We stopped going to madrasas due to it (harassment). They barged into our house, threatened us of acid attack. Even living at home has become difficult.”
The man in his letter said the accused have kept up with the stalking and bullying for many months now and have not stopped despite warnings and complaints to their families.
In desperation the father of the 4 daughters not only went to police seeking help but also decided to appeal directly to Yogi Adityanath and Prime Minister Modi.
The local police has started probe into the allegations.
“We have received a complaint from a man who alleged that his four daughters are being harassed by a few men in the neighborhood. It is difficult for them to even get out of the house. Investigation is underway,” Rajesh Kumar, a senior police officer in Meerut, has reportedly said.
The man lives in Mawana town, about 25 km from the Meerut district headquarters.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation survey 2018 ranked the world’s second most populous nation, with 1.3 billion people, “as the most dangerous on three of the topic questions – the risk of sexual violence and harassment against women, the danger women face from cultural, tribal and traditional practices, and the country where women are most in danger of human trafficking including forced labour, sex slavery and domestic servitude.”
India’s National Commission For Women and the ruling BJP have rejected the report.
The same organization had in 2013 published a similar report in which India was ranked at No. 4.
After the BJP rejected the report, old tweets of BJP leaders including then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi are making rounds on social media.
“India is considered 4th most dangerous (country) for women. When will she feel safe & symbol of positivity?” Modi had tweeted on 2nd October 2013.