Girls Now Attending Co-education Schools In Militant-ravaged Kashmir

Girls Now Attending Co-education Schools In Militant-ravaged Kashmir

22 November 2013
ANI


Srinagar: Breaking out of their shell, girls are now looking beyond their rooms to educate themselves in co-education schools in militant-ravaged Kashmir. A sharp increase in the number of girl students has been seen, years after normalcy returned to the insurgency-hit Rajouri District of the state. Far from the madding crowd, girls in a small school of Thanamandi Village were sharing the classrooms with boys to defy age-old social norms and take lessons in mathematics, literature and sciences. A drastic change in the number of girl students attending the schools occurred only after restoration of peace in the region. 'If you compare the number of students coming to schools over here in the last four years, then we can conclude that the number of girl students studying here is steeply increasing. The restoration of peace in the region is the reason behind girls being more enthusiastic to study,' said school teacher, Inzar Ahmed. The Kashmir region has witnessed numerous militant attacks, insurgency and infiltration attempts from across the border in the last two decades. Militants have been frequently attacking security bases in Kashmir since 1990s, when there was a full-blown insurgency against Indian rule in a region over which India and Pakistan fought two of their three wars. School chairman Khursheed Ahmed Bisml said: 'If you compare the number of students coming to schools over here in the last four years, then we can conclude that the number of girl students studying here is steeply increasing. The restoration of peace in the region is the reason behind girls being more enthusiastic to study.' Often the mindset of gender-biased society had also prevented girls from going to schools. A student of class eight, Afsana Kouser, was glad to share that most of the toppers in the school were girls. 'Most of the toppers in almost all the classes, from nursery to the higher ones, are girls. The girls over here are coming forward to take up major roles in the society,' she said. Kashmir is one of the world's most militarised zones, with India deploying more than 1.3 million troops to quell the rebellion that triggered off in 1989.