A Little Girl’s Dream of Education

The Human Lens

Local boys walking back from school, Nurpur Shahan, Credits Ghulam Rasool Local school boys walk home, NurpurShahan, Credits @GhulamRasool

“My name is *Kiran; I am nine years old; and when I grow up I will become a doctor,” began the young girl. “But we are poor, we belong from traditional caste where girls do not get educated. I have never seen the inside of a school, but I always think what it would look like.”

A glance at the hillsides nearby Nurpur Shahan Village immediately tells you why – they are not allowed to come out in public. However, an on-ground investigation unveils that young girls may not go to schools, but are frequently seen in the market area for buying groceries. While walking through the market I could see many like Kiran assisting their family members in dragging the bulky shopping bags to their homes. This is where I saw Kiran, outside a small departmental store trying to balance several…

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