Sounds spooky , but in a muddy patch in the middle of a graveyard in Dholpur there is a madarsa where some 30 children in the age group of 6-14 gather every day. Utv Pakistan Report
It’s a sight to behold as the kids look attentively to the blackboard leaning by a bamboo tree.
This madarsa has been in operation since 13 years.
Every day , the kids leave their slippers at the gate of the graveyard, travel carefully through the graves to reach their ‘classroom’. Ironically , this graveyard is at the backyard of a huge mosque where these children are not allowed. In fact, the children recite lessons in muffled voices to avoid offending the caretaker of the mosque.
The mosque is big enough to accommodate the children, but then a warning has been issued that ‘entry of children would tantamount to polluting the mosque’.
“Playing is a luxury here.They cannot even speak loudly. In fact, some influential devout Muslims have objected to the kids being at the graveyard, saying that their presence could be disturbing the graves,” said a local requesting anonymity .
According to locals, the state has offered shifting the madarsa to a different place. However, since the place is far away and may result in dropouts, teachers here are reluctant. Now, with each passing day as the space in the graveyard shrinks, teachers are apprehensive that they may not have any space to even walk around.
On days when a burial takes place, classes have to be suspended. Although the strength of the madrassa is 60, not more than 30 manage it on any given day , most of them lured by mid-day meals. The children are from very poor background as can be gauged by their looks.
This place of learning comes under the madarsa board which gets grants and aid from the state government.The property is registered under Rajasthan Waqf Board.