Bihar: Three kids transformed villages known for making liquor; here’s how

They attended school against all odds, inspired others and today all village children study and no one make liquor  

Patna: Barachatti’s Manjholia village is situated 153 km from Patna and 50 km from Gaya. There are three other villages adjoining Manjholia. Earlier these villages were known by the name ‘Daru Bechwa’, because most of the people in these villages were engaged in making and selling ‘daru’ or country-made alcoholic drink.

Frequent brawls took place

There were frequent brawls in the villages. No one sent their children to schools. But three children from Manjholia — Dileep, Anees and Sumitra — decided to bring about change. However, people taunted them when they started going to school, and called them out as residents of Daru Bechwa village. It hurt the teens’ feelings and made them feel humiliated.

Everything changed suddenly

They narrated their agony to the grown-ups of the village, who in turn felt ashamed. As a result, not only Manjholia but also people in the three adjoining villages stopped making liquor. Everything changed all of a sudden. Now, no one makes or consumes alcohol in these villages. There is no school there, but all the children are studying. Dileep, Anees and Sumitra teach the children.

Provide free tuition to children

The trio is pursuing higher studies but they provide free tuition to village children. Dileep is a graduate; Anees is a student of IA and Sumitra of BA first year. They teach children from 6 to 9 in the morning and then go to their respective colleges. After returning from college, they teach the children of other villages. Since they don’t charge any tuition fee, they accept whatever people willingly give them.

Villagers appeal for school

Sarju Saav, Kuleshwar Das and other residents of Manjholia village have appealed to the government to open a school in the village so that the children can study conveniently.

Sumitra is the only educated girl in four villages

Sumitra is the only girl in the four villages who travels a long distance daily to attend college. She says, “Earlier our village was known as Daru Bechwa, but now the attitude of people is changing. The school is far away, and hence small children don’t go to school. So we decided to teach them at their homes.”

(Story by Jitendra Kumar)