Two sisters and their grandmother pose for a portrait in front of their house in Bajura district, on Monday, March 04, 2019. Photo: Prakash Singh/THT

BAJURA: After losing both their parents within a span of four years, two minor Dalit girls, who were living under difficult conditions following the back-to-back loss, are now in dire need of financial support.

Jyoti Damai (7) and her sister Bipana (5) of Relima in Badimalika Municipality-4 of Bajura district are living in a cowshed owned by one of the villagers after their house turned unlivable, local Radhika Singh said.

Singh further shared that their mother Moti Kala died during labour four years ago while their father died while undergoing treatment for tuberculosis in India two months ago.

Owing to poor financial background, the sisters have been deprived of education and are surviving off their grandmother's old age allowance.

"We often sleep hungry, with empty stomach, and the clothes that we wear have been donated to us. I herd cattle for other villagers while our grandmother goes from door to door asking for support to make ends meet," Jyoti shared her plight.

Of course, we want to go to school but cannot afford to buy books and pencils, Jyoti lamented.

After taking stock of their plight, Deputy Mayor Kabita Bista has assured that the municipality would address the girls' current state and would shelter them.