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Girls’ Schools In Peshawar Instructed To Make Wearing Hijab Compulsory

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PESHAWAR: Harassment of school girls has compelled the Elementary and Secondary Education Department of Khyber Pakhtunkwa (KP) to make wearing veils compulsory for girl students in the district.

Heads of government girls’ schools in the city have been directed to protect students from unethical social incidents by implementing the new rule.

District Education Officer (DEO) Samina Ghani issued a circular under which the principals of schools and headmistresses have been directed to ensure that girl students wear a veil. The circular said this step has been taken to ensure safety of the girls.

Confidential sources informed Naya Daur that the education department received complaints of harassment against students of middle and higher secondary schools in the city. The number of complaints have been increasing with each passing day.

Apart from the provincial capital, Haripur’s education department has also declared wearing of veil mandatory among school girls.

When girls come to school in morning or go back home in the afternoon, they are routinely teased by groups of boys.

It is hard for law enforcement agencies (LEAs) to keep an eye on every nook and corner of the city to stop incidents from happening.

Parents of female students lauded the step and said that it would reduce the incidents of harassment at public places. They said that this decision should have been taken earlier.

The situation is even worse in rural areas where many schools for girls are situated near agricultural lands and students have to pass through the fields to reach their schools.

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