Villagers Set Fire to Farmer’s Wheat Storage for Letting His Daughter Attend School

According to The Express Tribune, villagers in Ratodero town of Larkana district, Sindh province, Pakistan, burned down a wheat shortage facility owned by a farmer. This act of destruction was in response to the farmer allowing his daughter to go to school and even ride a motorcycle with her younger brothers.

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An incident occurred in Zangeja village, within the jurisdiction of Lashari police station on Sunday, as reported. Aushaq Zangejo claimed that he was threatened by the villagers to prevent his daughter, Zainab Zangejo, from riding a motorbike, but he ignored their warnings.

The girl herself stated that she rides her bike to her high school in Ratodero, and her confidence is disliked in the village.

Upon the incident being brought to the attention of the SSP Larkana, the local police were directed to take appropriate action.

In Pakistan, as per a report from The Express Tribune, the literacy rate in 2022 has shown a consistent trend of higher literacy rates among males compared to females. This persistent pattern has hindered efforts to bridge the gender gap in literacy.

The male literacy rate stands at 70 percent, while the female literacy rate lags behind at 48 percent. This discrepancy reflects the challenges faced by women in accessing quality education and emphasizes the urgent need for targeted interventions to address this issue.

According to The Express Tribune, citing the Population and Housing Census, the overall gross enrollment rate in the country is 78 percent, with males comprising 94 percent. Even in rural areas, the male literacy rate remains high at 63 percent, compared to only 36 percent for females, highlighting the persistent gender disparity in educational access.

One of the main challenges contributing to gender inequality in education is the limited access to schools for girls, particularly in rural and remote areas. Economic constraints, long distances to schools, and cultural barriers often hinder girls from pursuing education. Early marriages and child labor further exacerbate the issue, perpetuating the cycle of illiteracy.

Tarah Nguyen