The Sahariya community of Bundelkhand: One of India’s 75 “Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups” earlier known as primitive tribal groups – Bihar

‘Lady Wi-Fi’ Rajkumari teaches at a local school and edits a tribal newspaper.

Meet ‘Lady Wi-Fi’ and Other Super Inspiring Women of Rajasthan’s Sahariya Tribe,, January 28, 2017

Women of the Sahariya tribe in Rajasthan are making a mark for themselves and, in the process, enabling access to a better livelihood for others in their community. […]

While no one can deny or disregard the sufferings of the tribe, there are some, especially women, who have found a way to fight for their community. Their stories reflect a silver lining for the tribe and many others like them. […]

Source: TBI Blogs: Meet ‘Lady Wi-Fi’ and Other Super Inspiring Women of Rajasthan’s Sahariya Tribe by Digital Empowerment Foundation
Date visited: 1 February 2019

The Hindustan Times, Jun 09, 2014 | To read the full story about the Sahariya community, click here >>

The Sahariyas, one of the 75 scheduled tribes in the country classified as Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (earlier known as primitive tribal groups), are now so desperately poor that families have been pushing their children into modern day slavery in the hope of saving them from starvation. […]

Villagers in Lalitpur district, UP, said they preferred male child over girl child as the former could add to the income of the family. In UP, the sex ratio of the scheduled tribe population is 934 females per 1000 males which is lower than the national average (978) for all STs. […]

Like in any other rural set up in India, children grazing cattle is a common phenomenon in Sakara, Lalitpur district, UP. There are 1.26 crore working children in the age group of 5-14 in India as compared to the total child population of 25.2 crore, notes the union ministry of labour and employment. […]

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“The smart boy or clever girl who is deprived of the opportunity of schooling, or who goes to a school with dismal facilities (not to mention the high incidence of absentee teachers), not only loses the opportunities he or she could have had, but also adds to the massive waste of talent that is a characteristic of the life of our country.” – Nobel Awardee Amartya Sen in The Argumentative Indian (Penguin Books, 2005), p. 344 | Find this and other books published in India >>

Related: Tribal Children’s Right to Education | Childhood | Ekalavya (Eklavya, Eklabya), EMR & Factory schools | Childrens rights: UNICEF India >>

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