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Kalaburagi girl forced into Devadasi system rescued

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Temple of the Goddess Samavva

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KALABURAGI: Government officials and members of voluntary organisations on Thursday rescued a 11-year-old-girl who had been made a Devadasi five years ago. The Kalaburagi district administration had earlier claimed that the Devadasi practice was completely eradicated.

According to the Devadasi system, girls who are made Devadasis in their early age would be sent with men who promise to look after them, once they become mature, District Children Welfare Committee members said.

On learning that preparations were being made to send the girl with a man, the team rushed to Bedsoor village and rescued Kamalavva (name changed). There is a temple of Goddess Samavva at the village where the Devadasi practice is still exists.
The rescue team questioned the temple priest Sharanappa (70), who said he had been performing Devadasi rituals for over 40 years.

Sharanappa claimed he gets possessed by Goddess Samavva every Tuesday and Friday. When the Goddess tells him to ask parents to make their daughters devadasis, he would convey the “divine suggestions”.
He told the team that many girls from Ratkal, Bedsoor, Kandgol, Kalagi and other villages had taken “Devadasi deeksha” in the last 40 years.

Kamalavva had taken Devadasi deeksha five years ago and she is now studying in Fifth Standard.
The team brought Kamalavva, her parents and the priest to Kalagi police station on Thursday. The girl would be admitted to the State Home for Girls, officials said.


By Ramkrishna Badseshi | Express News Service
posted Jun 16, 2017 by anonymous

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“Even during the last academic year, parents faced similar problems. I feel many parents are not raising their voice because they feel that the government is already doing enough by providing children with milk, eggs and other benefits.

The problem is affecting boys too. Most of them wear shorts only till class four and then shift to pants. At least one and a quarter meter is required for students of class one to four and at least two to two and a half meter material is needed for students from class 6 and 7. The school has about 220 students.

Rajesh Rai, also an SDMC president from a government school in Parpunja, said, “It would be ideal if the government allowed schools to take measurements of each student by a tailor and submit the total amount of material required. The schools can arrange for a tailor who will distribute the uniform material accordingly. The material now provided is enough only for students who are thin”.

When contacted, Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat CEO, Dr MR Ravi, said he was not aware of the issue and assured to look into it with the deputy director for public instruction (DDPI). The DDPI was not available for comment but an officer at his office said they have not received any complaint in writing.

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Mysuru: Scion of erstwhile royal family of Mysuru Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, who had once inspired government school children by becoming a teacher at a programme hosted by Kalisu Foundation, is now brand ambassador for the NGO. The Foundation strives to improve the quality of education in government schools.

Yaduveer will motivate kids at government schools henceforth through the programme, ‘Learn from Maharaja,’ besides playing the advisory role by contributing his ideas on improving the quality of education.

As many as 250 kids at a government school at Kumbar Koppal, Mysuru, had the privilege of having Mr Yaduveer as their teacher for 45 minutes, interacting with him at a programme, here on Thursday. He taught the kids with a power point presentation and spoke about the glory of Mysuru and importance of education while stressing on environment protection, cleanliness, good manners and good habits. 

The enthusiastic kids who learnt that Mr Yaduveer will henceforth visit them frequently, were not just keen on knowing about his favourite colour, they even wanted to know how to be fit like him. He smilingly answered that he liked blue colour and said that kids must eat right healthy, nutritious food instead of junk food, and lay emphasis on physical exercise to keep them fit and healthy. 

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But there is hope: the milieu is fast changing, thanks to a bunch of schoolchildren determined to bring about a change using technology. In fact, the students had been running from pillar to post to solve the civic issues plaguing the school and village. Besieged by filth, students found it quite impossible to sit in the classrooms because of the stink the garbage heaps emanated.

Even the teachers suffered in silence, but not Gen Next. The students of Government Higher Primary School at Motaganahalli, aided by tablets and cameras, walked up to the gram panchayat office, raising some tough questions to authorities. Remember, the ‘grilling session’ was being recorded. Perhaps, the explosion of visual media was an inspiration to embrace the technology. Answers were hard to come by, but they wouldn’t budge. Donning the role of ‘citizen journalists’, the students — Rakesh (class V), Darshan Gowda (class VI), Dileep M J (class VI), Deepashri (class VI), Monica M (class VII), Amrutha Varshini (class VIII) — stormed the gram panchayath office, posing several questions to gram panchayat president Padmavathi Jayaram. Amrutha Varshini said, “All the students and visitors to our school were unhappy with the foul smell emanating from the open drains in front of our school.

Since the classrooms were buzzing with flies and rodents, there were health hazards as well.” Monica M said, “People from other areas would come and wash their clothes on the drains. They would never clean and the dirty water was overflowing.” The teachers, including the headmaster, tried to clear the mess by speaking to officials and villagers, but nothing worked. What worked was the students’ willpower, aided by a potential weapon: technology.

The school in Motaganhalli had no exposure to any kind of technology till 2016 when an NGO chipped and decided to rewrite the script. Laptops and tablets were given to students. Training sessions were held twice a month by Smitha Venkatesh, who is part of the NGO. During the summer vacation, the school decided to host an Information and Technology Day where it was decided to interview the president with the aid of cameras and tablets. The queries ranged from water woes, electricity issues, waste management/segregation and the lack of drainage system. Initially, Padmavathi Jayaram was hesitant to speak to students. “I have seen elders coming and questioning me, but when students approached me, I was taken aback. I was highly impressed by the questions. I called up all officials concerned and the aid was sanctioned to get the mess cleared around the school,” she said. The cost, including the works in and around the school, is estimated around Rs 1 crore. The road near the school has been completely concreted. The drainage work too is in progress. The children’s act reminds us of Mahatma Gandhi’s message: be the change that you wish to see in the world.

By Kumaran P

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For the first time, Shyam Nair and Deepa Kannan, parents of a CAH child, have started a support group called ‘CAH Support India’ ( www.cahindia,org ) involving a community of parents, grandparents and caregivers of CAH children. The International Coalition for Endocrine Patient Support Organisations worldwide has listed this support group as the first such group for endocrine disorders in India.

The couple has also created a closed Facebook group for parents and endocrinologists and a Facebook page called Omkar’s journey with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia to chronicle all possible events in the life of a child with CAH . The link is

Shaila S. Bhattacharyya, paediatric endocrinologist at Manipal Hospitals, who is also part of the support group, said: “A CAH child gets severely dehydrated even with a mild episode of diarrhoea and needs hospitalisation, which is stressful both for the child and the caregivers.”

Although about one in 10,000 children are born with CAH, awareness about the condition is low. It is either not detected early or is misdiagnosed and turns fatal in most children within months of their birth. A neonatal hormone test 17-OHP should be done to screen for CAH in children before symptoms appear. “However, not all hospitals do this test,” the doctor added.

Ms. Deepa Kannan, a yoga teacher, said she and her husband are trying to spread awareness about the condition, which is not known even in educated circles. “Having experienced the challenges in bringing up our child, who is seven years old now, our aim is to support parents and help them in bringing up their children,” she told The Hindu.

Narrating how difficult it is for CAH children to get admission in regular schools as the child needs continuous monitoring, she said the aim of the support group is to change this mindset of schools. “Such discrimination towards children for no fault of theirs is unfair,” she said.

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