Prayers continue.As 15 -year old Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai was under treatment in Queen Elizabeth hospital in Brmingham,students of Kasturba Gandhi Balika school(KGBS) held paryers and mailed a letter to President Pranab Mukherjee today highlighting her cause.
Malala,who gained spotlight in 2009 when she spoke for women’s rights and wrote blogs for BBC mentioning that her life was like in the Taliban influenced area and how its militants were against women going to school wearing uniforms,was shot in her head in a bid to kill her by the Taliban shooters on October 9.
“She had committed crime by daring to expose us through her blog.This is a new chapter of obscenity,and we have to erase this chapter.Which is why we have carried out this attack”,said Taliban spokesperson Ashanullah Ashan justifying pumping of bullet into her head.
Far away from the Taliban and Birmingham where Malala was under intensive care of the doctors at Elizabeth hospital,hundreds of students of KGBSs located in rural areas in Chanho,Sonahatu,Madar and Bedo held prayers and despatched a common letter to the President Mukherjee praying for her speedy recovery.
Jharkhand Education Project’s Assistant Programme Officer Seema Prasad,who supervised these KGBSs in Ranchi district had all praise for the cause of women’s education espoused by Malala,said that these girl students expressed their solidarity with her.”At such an young age she had undertaken the cause of women’s education.She had inspired these girl students”,said Seema.
In their letter to Mukherjee,these girl students attributed the violence perpetrated by the Taliban to lack of education.”Illiteracy seemed to be in the root of the problem.Without spreading the flame of education,Taliban can not be contained”,states their letter.
Said Radhika Minj,a KGBS student:“We feel for her.We wish her speedy recovery.’
Pics by Sabita Kumari