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Keeping India’s Schools Safe from Conflict Before Elections

Over the weekend, Maoist insurgents torched a tent and a generator at Sondaha primary school in India’s Bihar state, where police were planning to stay during the upcoming national elections, the United News of India reported. Expand Security forces line their weapons against the school wall at Dwarika Middle School on June 7, 2009. © 2009 Bede Sheppard/Human Rights Watch It isn’t the first time. The Maoists have repeatedly committed violence against schools in the run-up to elections in India. They attacked at least two schools before national elections in 2014, and in 2009, carried out…

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