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Jharkhand News: Girls in Chatra Endure Six Months of Minimal Food and Water to Avoid Nature’s Call

Jharkhand News

Jharkhand News: For the past half-year, over 700 girls attending a government school in Jharkhand’s Chatra district have been severely limiting their food and water intake to avoid having to request the use of toilets from locals.

The Swami Vivekanand Higher Secondary School, located just a kilometer from the Mayurhund block headquarters on a five-acre campus, lacks even a single functioning toilet. The contractor responsible for renovating the school demolished the existing facilities without providing alternatives.

Situation affects nearly 1,100 students:

This dire situation affects nearly 1,100 students, including boys and male teachers who resort to outdoor locations for their needs. Female teachers have resorted to renting rooms with restroom facilities during the day, incurring extra expenses.

Although district authorities and the state education department are aware of the issue, immediate relief remains elusive. State education secretary K Ravi Kumar has indicated a plan to construct restroom facilities in 113 schools, but the long-term prospects offer little solace to the students facing daily challenges.

Suggestions to construct new toilets:

One class X student expressed her embarrassment at having to seek assistance from nearby households for restroom access but felt compelled to do so due to the absence of alternatives.

District education officer Dinesh Kumar Mishra suggested that the construction of new toilets would be completed soon but couldn’t promise temporary arrangements. A scheduled meeting on October 31 to address the situation was canceled, leaving the school community in distress.

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