HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
TIKAPUR: Although the government has pledged to provide free education for Badi community’s children up to grade 10, many Badi children in Kailali are out of school.
Children of Badi women, who have traditionally been involved in prostitution due to economic and social backwardness, have not been able to go to school as the schools charge money under various titles such as ‘school construction’ — which they cannot afford to pay.
“The government declared that it would provide free education for children of Badi women till grade 10 after 48-days of demonstrations to secure their rights and identity,” said Uma Devi Badi of Community Help Committee, which works for the rights of the Badi.
Committee’s Education Project Officer Yogendra Joshi said that even after the declaration that education shall be free for children of the Badi, many schools have been charging in the names of service charge and others.
He said that Badi children often accompany their parents to India to earn money. Local schools informed that parents are also responsible for not sending children to school. Rabindra Kathayat, principal at Principal at Karnali Higher Secondary School, said that the public schools have been providing facilities for Badi students as per the government’s declaration. “The parents should be responsible to send their children to school,” he added.