In this episode, Nagasimha, Director of the Child Rights Trust (CRT), speaks about the reasons behind children dropping out of school, mainly highlighting this trend among female students.
A girl’s existence is questioned even when she is in her mother’s womb. “Today, in many rural areas, we still see girl children dropping out of school because they are expected to do farm or some other work. Lack of bus facilities and toilets in schools add to the problems,” Nagasimha mentions. He also talks about the national Beti Bachao, Beti Padhoa Yojna, and the problem of imbalance in sex ratio. Safe commute during odd hours remains a big concern for girls and their parents, making the latter unsupportive of girls studying or working.
Nagamani, State Coordinator of the 1098 Helpline, speaks to us about the role of the Child Helpline in helping drop-out children, while Kathyayini Chamaraj, Trustee of CIVIC, recalls a drop-out case which is still stuck in court.
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