Aasma back to school

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Aasma Parveen, a girl of 16 years of age, residing in a small village Patni of Dist. Saharanpur (INDIA), is yet another story of Indian girl dropped out from school.

Aasma stood second in class-V, scoring 80.5% when she was dropped out in 2005-06. This time story was different, she was forced out from school not because of normal reasons like financial crisis or disliking of parents for a girl child, but because of the eve teasers.

These things used to happen in cities few years back and now we can see eve teasers in every nook and corner of even rural areas. Aasma was always determined to go back to school. Seeing her love for study I forced her parents to allow her re-enter in class room. She was admitted again in school in class-VI on 25-Sep'09.

Aasma is trying hard to catch up, though its very late and all her friends are in class-IX.

The whole story goes like this-

I was in the same village for a family function. In the neighborhood house, I saw a girl working every bit of household work with precision. Seeing her working even in school hours, I inquired. To my surprise i was told that she was dropped out from school in 2005.

During discussion with her parents and brother, the ugly story unfolded. On being asked if they would like Aasma to start with education again, they were hesitant. Major resistance came from her elder brother whom they call Rashid. I asked Rashid," If you are so concerned of safety why don't you drop her to school in morning and pick her in the evening." He was speechless. He never thought that this can be a solution.

I feel problems are not that big, We make them big. We opt for easier path. Same happened with this family.

Wishing the Best for Aasma.

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