Gender-based discrimination is a common phenomenon worldwide, and India fares no better. Here, the disparity is visible across all sections of society in some form or other. The worst to suffer from this inequality are girl children.
My work, which is to build steps to improve education, lies in Kishanganj, one of the least literate districts of Bihar. A predominantly Muslim minority district, education in this area has been a low priority for years here. Girls, in particular, don’t complete their studies due to several socio-economic barriers. This despite the fact that the Bihar government’s data (Education Dept. 2016-17) showing that the district is performing well when it comes to the enrolment of girls in school.