Jumla in-law heads abroad for studies

Jumla in-law heads abroad for studies

Dec 27, 2014-

In a district where providing education to daughters is a rare phenomenon, Chandra Devi Khatri, 52, of remote Jumla has sent her daughter-in-law, Kunta to London, United Kingdom, to pursue a graduate degree in Nursing.

Khatri, apparently, understood the importance of educating women after she was taken ill in 2009 and spent five years seeking proper treatment.

She lost a significant amount of money in treatment and travel expenses. This prompted her to send Kunta to study Nursing, for she did not want anyone else to share a similar fate.

Kunta is currently pursuing a graduate degree at the University of West London. Khatri said she had borne the expenses of her daughter-in-law’s education through the income generated from selling daily essentials.

“I intend to put her at the service of the people of Jumla following the completion of her education,” said Khatri, who takes care of her seven-year-old grandson.

In the remote region of Karnali, daughters are often confined to kitchens and are limited to performing household chores without ever having a chance at formal education. In a region where society does not promote educating women, Khatri is seen as a role model. While her act has proven that the society is slowly adapting to changing times, various rights organisations working in the region are in preparation to honour her commendable act.

Published: 28-12-2014 10:17

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