By Iram Tasleem
Most parents in rural Rajasthan hesitate to send their daughters to college, fearing for their security, what with the rise in incidents of rape, physical abuse, acid throwing incidents and others.
To assuage the parents’ anxiety and to encourage girls’ education, the Deedwana Development Council is not only providing free education to girls in all undergraduate courses BA, BCom, BCA and others but also has added a safety feature in their effort to instill confidence.
The Bangad Girls College in Nagaur has installed biometric attendance system under which it is mandatory for students to register themselves through thumb impression at the time of entry and exit from the college.
This in turn sends information to parents and guardians regarding movement of the girl. Through SMSs, parents get to know about the whereabouts of their daughters and hence worry less.
There is still reservation about sending girls to co-educational colleges. So the council
decided to give identity cards to girls, numbering about 500 from nearby 114 villages, without which even their parents cannot meet them, informed Shankar Lal Parsawat, president of Deedwana Development Council.