May 13, 2007 – Village Alawalapur, Block Fatwah, District Patna
Sunita Kumari, Class XII student: “The villagers love their sons more than their daughters. They think girls are meant to work at home.”
Mausami Kumari, Class X student: “Being illiterate, our parents don’t understand the importance of education. They are afraid to send their girls to school thinking girls are unsafe with the teachers.”
Wound up and left village at around 3:00 p.m.
Village Sohagi, Block Phulwari, District Patna
Rekha Singh, Class X student: “In school there is discrimination between rich and poor children”
Shweta Kumar, Class X student: “Rich children in the school make fun of poor ones. This is why our parents hesitate to send us to school.”
Deepak Kumar, 30 years, trader: “If education is imparted uniformly without discrimination then maybe more parents will send their children to school.”
Departed village at 10 p.m.