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Chakotia Bhunjia

The Times of India

7 families ostracised as girls take HSC exam


Balangir: Seven families of the Chakotia Bhunjia tribe in Orissa have been ostracised by their community for breaking rules — allowing their daughters to appear for the HSC examination.

Tribals of Sanbahali village in Sunabeda sanctuary ostracised the families after Chandini Chhatria, Jayashri Jhankar and Tribeni Jhankar, who could not succeed in the examination last year, appeared for it again this year. Another girl Laila Chhatria also appeared along with them. Education is not encouraged among tribals.

It was only a few years ago that some Chakotia Bhunjia boys appeared for the HSC examination for the first time. Nowadays, girls are also being sent to school but dropout once they attain puberty, said Kama Chhatria, a tribal.

The community is enraged as some families have allowed their daughters to sit for the examination.

‘‘We have ostracised them because they didn’t follow our customs and traditions. They also sent their daughters outside the village to appear for the test, which is against our tradition,’’ said another member Chaitanya Jhankar.

September 6, 2006

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