Naxalite Attacks and Police Occupation of Schools in India’s Bihar and Jharkhand States
December 9, 2009

This 103-page report details how the Maoists - known as Naxalites - a longstanding, pan-Indian armed militant movement, are targeting and blowing up state-run schools. At the same time, police and paramilitary forces are disrupting education for long periods by occupying schools as part of anti-Naxalite operations. The report is based on visits to 22 schools in Bihar and Jharkhand, and interviews with over 130 people, including 48 children, as well as with parents, educators, police, and local officials.

हिंदी में सारांश और पीड़ितों की आपबीती के लिए लिंक:


Human Rights Watch has documented that at least 36 schools in Jharkhand and 23 schools in Bihar were attacked during 2009. These do not include schools that were occupied by security forces at the time of attack.

On October 27, the Ranchi High Court gave the police a further six months to comply with its November 21, 2008 order to vacate all occupied schools by the second week of January 2009.

Read the Report
ISBN: 1-56432-566-0