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Gender Matters: Hajibal Village – Where Girls Quit Studies Due to Non Availability of High School

Written by Nusrat Ali

Video By: Abid Salam | Article By: Nusrat Ali

In Hajibal village of Baramulla Kashmir (14 Kms from Baramulla), most of the girls quit schooling after studying up to 8th standard at a local Govt school. The village lacks facility of a high school and families don’t allow their girls to travel to other town (Baramulla) on foot while as boys go. This village remains cut with the rest of the areas due to non availability of transport. Shakeela and Afshana are friends of the same village who had to quite studies after passing 8th class. Both these girls now do domestic work. The village has 150 households.

“I had a desire to be a teacher. But due to non availability of high school in our village, I was not able to continue my studies and fulfill my wishes,” says Syed Nahida, resident of this village.
Zakir resident of same village added, “I appeal Mr. Modi while¬†he focuses on Scheme Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, he should look into our village, why our village lags behind. It is difficult for our girls to study further.”

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