While the Government of India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is aiming to protect the girl child by creating awareness and providing welfare schemes for their upliftment under the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ scheme, there are people who just cannot accept the fact that a girl deserves education and a better life.
In a heartbreaking incident, a 14-year-old girl was allegedly locked up in a room and physically abused by her family for wanting to go to school.
According to a report by the Times of India, the teenager said she had been living with her aunt and uncle for the last six months in Vallanchery, about 42km from Chennai, after her father abandoned her mother who was suffering from mental health issues.
Three months ago, her uncle asked her to quit school and help him in taking care of his cattle. But the girl continued to go to school for a month without their knowledge.
Two months ago, when her aunt found out that she had been attending classes, she allegedly thrashed the girl and locked her up in a room. A neighbour, who noticed something was amiss, alerted Childline, reported TOI.
The girl was then rescued by Childline volunteers. Childline volunteers sent the girl to a registered home in Guduvanchery, close to the school where she studies. R N Manikandan, chairperson of CWC, Kancheepuram said that the school authorities had offered her free education as she was a meritorious student.
CWC members said a case would be registered against the girl's uncle and aunt.