Children are forced to do hard labor due to poverty in Jajarkot

  March 29, 2017 By: INSEC

Seven years old Lakshmi wakes up early and begins to work; piggy bags her brother, packing up the stale bread in a plastic bag. Who else would not dream of wearing nice clothes and eating good food? This girl wearing untidy clothes is compelled to beat the ballast due to poverty. Instead of carrying a pen, at this age, she carries a hammer in her hand to beat a stone which has been her daily routine.

Laxmi Nepali ,7 of  Triveni nalagad-13 studies in 3rd grade.She ,not only studies in Dalit primary School located at Waikada but also beat ballast twice a day in her school which is an hour away from her place. She has to take care of her brother as well. Her mother Basanti B.K. also carries a sand bag from Thuli bheri River to build a school. Laxmi gets Rs.50 as remuneration per sack, whereas her mother gets Rs.100 for carrying a sand bag.It has been three months that Basanti’s husband has went to India for earning. Laxmi says that she has to finish her schools assignment along with the responsibility over her brother and work.

Basanti says that it’s been a month that she has been in a work along with her two children early in the morning with stale bread. Alike, Laxmi , there’s Sunita B.K. who studies in same school in her fourth grade and works in carrying a sandbag in Bheri. She has been helping herself in academic expenses as well as assisting her mother in her works. She says it has been her routine to left her brother in school at Aulagurta and to carry a sandbag from Bheri.

Sunita said her father went to India for earning. “Other friends studies as well as take tution classes twice a day. We, Dalit students studying in Waikada, study as well as work in other people’s house.” said Sunita. “Only Dalit lives in Waikada so that the School is named as Dalit Primary School” said Buddhi Bahadur Basnet, teacher of Dalit Primary School. He says most of the students works and makes money for their studies.

Since, the head of the family moves to India in search of employment and income, mothers involve themselves in working in other people’s house where their children are also compelled to work with their parents. Due to poverty, the children of this place are deprived of their rights along with their right to education.

Dinesh Kumar Shrestha