In India, the countrys most populous state, the state government announced on Wednesday it would ban girls from primary school in all schools, including girls’ schools.
The move comes a month after the Delhi High Court ordered the state to remove the girls’ category from the syllabus of all primary schools in the city, citing the ongoing violence against women in the country.
“There is no place for any child in any primary school and all children must be treated with respect,” said state education minister Harsh Vardhan, who is also a member of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.
A state education official said that the government is working on a solution for children of those in schools.
“It will be decided in the next few days,” said the official.
Children in schools who were not allowed to attend the upcoming class of teachers and teachers-in-training were also being taught a new class on gender equality.
India’s Supreme Court has also ruled that it is the government’s duty to protect the rights of all children.
In the past month, the court ruled that the state should ban the boys from attending school, including schools for girls.
According to a recent report by the UN, girls in India make up only 0.6% of the total population, but they make up almost 60% of victims of sexual violence in the nation.
The report said the government should also ban the girls from attending secondary schools, which is where they are not allowed.