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Story from North India

                                      THE MUSAHAR COMMUNITY IN HAJIPUR

On November 24 three hundred and eighty three children gathered at Swabhiman Bhavan to celebrate the Children’s Day. They were of Dalit Community, (Dalits are former  “untouchable “)  They are economically weak, socially backward and politically voiceless. Prior to the celebration, we spent one and half months’ preparing the children with input as well as practice. Out of these 383 children 113 were from Musahar (Rat eaters) community. We MMS and the staff focus on the development of the  Musahar community. Education until today has not become a priority for them since allmost all the adults are illiterate. MMS have managed to get 23 girls below the age of eighteen years and admitted themin a residential school for Dalit girls run by the Government.  Four girls have managed to reach up to 7th standard. It is very important for girls to stay in the …

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