Zimbabwe police arrested sixteen female student protesters on Friday demonstrating against poor learning conditions and high tuition fees.
Witnesses said that police used physical force to break up protests assaulting and injuring several students.
Human rights activists said that one of the students arrested was a disabled female.
Protesters were both male and female students but police solely went after the female students. Local reports said that the girls were “severely assaulted” with several suffering head injuries.
Rights groups said that it is not immediately clear why only female students were targeted in the arrests and that police have not yet decided what charges to place against the girls.