Friday, June 20, 2008

Uttar Pradesh: Story of three girls

Uttar Pradesh: Story of three girls

Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi 20/6/2008 1:17:41 PM(IST)

Jyoti-- 11years old daughter of Mr. Subhash is living in slum Baghwanala in Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh, India. She belongs to ''Gaud' caste. Which is considering as backward caste in Indian caste based society.

Subhash had left his house for ever when Jyoti was only 4 years old and till now nobody have any information about him. After this incident Jyoti grandmother expelled her mother Mrs. Lalmani with all children from house. Now Mrs. Lalmani with her children is living in her maternal house. Jyoti is eldest among her two brothers and one sister. The economic condition of Jyoti’s grandfather’s is nastiest. He work as labour for making boxes and earn 1000 Rupees per month he finds difficulty in managing need of his family member in this nominal income.

Jyoti has interest in study since her childhood. She completed her study up to class fifth from Non-formal Education Centre, Baghwanala supported by Jan Mitra Nyas,CRY and Sir Dorabji Tata Trust . However nastiest economical condition is hurdle in her education. She has been participating in many street-plays and is committed towards education. Jyoti aim is to be a doctor where she can serve poor and helpless people like herself. When her dream will come in reality it will be decided by time. If she gets economical assistance, she may fulfil her dream. Jyoti has participated in many Dharna/Protest programme on the issue of school in her slum area and stated her views on 'Right to Education' to many newspapers and news channels. The entire critical situation which Jyoti faces from her childhood polish her to expresses her views like a matured person and she is very serious from now. During a Dharna programme in front of District Headquarter, Varanasi on 'Right to Education', she said to ACM 4th that if administration does not open a school in our area then will study in front of DM office. It denotes her strong determination and tendency towards education.

Pooja-- daughter of Mr. Shiv Kumar is residing in Baghwanala, an urban slum area in Varanasi distict of Uttar Pradesh, India. She belongs to brazier community.

Pooja’s mother Late Saraswati Devi passed away during delivering a child that time Pooja was only 18 month old. The new born baby also died after one month. After three month of this incidence Pooja's father Mr. Shiv Kumar arrange his second marriage with her Aunt (Pooja’s mother younger sister). From then exploitation of Pooja started. Her new mother behave like step-mother and due to that, these children did not get affection of their father also.

Pooja's father is a weaves sari on another person loom and earns 1000 Rupees in a month which is irregular. Pooja's has one brother Gautam who is deaf and dumb and a sister Julie.

From long time Pooja is take care by her old aged grandmother living with her grand mother. When Pooja was very small she has to do household work. Pooja is a calm and she speaks less and most of her time is spends in her studies. In the lack of facility her childhood is suppressed. She completed her study up to fifth class from a Non-formal Education Centre, Baghwanala. She is facing economical problem for further study and her step- mother is also not willing for her further studies. However, Pooja is entirely committed towards education and she likes to study very much. Her dream is to be a doctor and serve poor and helpless people. Pooja may marry at early age in the lack of money and her dream will be burnt in the fire. If she gets economic assistance, she may nourish her dream. She is also actively involved in the group of street-play team and they themselves prepare the themes of the play. She performed street-play at the District Headquarter, Varanasi and so many other places. She has expressed her views to many newspapers and news channels.

Chanda-- daughter of Mr. Kishor. Chanda is resident of urban slum Baghwanal in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. She belongs to 'Rajbhar' caste. Now the economic condition of her family is very pitiable. Earlier Chanda father weave sari but after plight of this industry he started driving rickshaw. However due to bad physical condition he is unable to drive rickshaw.

Chanda's mother Mrs. Bhagwati hardly manages the need of family and medical treatment of her husband by selling vegetables. She earns only 1000 Rupees per month. Mrs. Bhagwati already took debt for the treatment of her husband. Chanda completed her study up to class fifth from a Non-formal Education Centre, Bagwanala and now she is willing for further education. Even Chanda family member are not getting two times food properly, in this situation, what Chanda's mother can do; providing food or education to children?

Chanda, an energetic girl he has interest in study once she tried to pay her school fees by selling banana. However that was not sufficient. In spite of these hurdle situations Chanda is willing to attain further study and for that she is ready to work as maid servant in anybody house.

Chanda's aim is to be a teacher so she can teach poor and helpless children. Chanda is actively involved in the group of street-play and performed her talent at many places. She expressed her views to many newspapers and news channels. If she can not get any opportunity for further education, her aim will be washed out as she washes plates.

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