One Billion Rising: Broom before books – Girls made to clean the school premisis

February 6; Bastar, Chattisgarh

Our Community Correspondent, Ramjag Gaud, reports from Bhond village on the situation of the Government primary and secondary school. In this school, the girl students are made to clean the classrooms and school premises. The Headmaster of the school says that it is a measure he has been forced to take because no peon has been allotted to the school by the government. The boys, however, are exempt from this work and often stand around watching their female counterparts as they sweep and clean the school — another manifestation of the gender bias in our country. The school must have someone employed to take care of the cleanliness, but it is wrong that the girl students have to be diverted from their studies to do this work.

CALL TO ACTION: Call Mr. S.R. Chandia, the Block Medical Officer for Jagdalpur Block, on +91-9178688481, and insist that this practise is put to a stop.

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