By Ajay Kumar
Muzaffarpur (Bihar), April 12: A unique initiative is on in Bihar District. Police here have donned the social reformer’s role by pushing street children into schools.
This State Government’s initiative is being praised.
Cops at the Ahiyapur Police Station round up street children and enrol them in the nearest school.
At first sight, it appears inhuman to witness children being coercively escorted by policemen. But when the walk ends up at the doorstep of a school, alls well that ends well.
According to Mohammad Ayub, the officer-in-charge of the Ahiyapur Police Station, the programme was floated by the government to get the children of the streets.
"The objective is to make our Bihar, literate and educated," said Ayub.
Ayub said parents are made to understand the essence of basic education. Once convinced, the policemen ensure the children are enrolled.
The children express happiness over the pro-education drive.
"Police ‘uncles’ have admitted me in the school. Earlier I used to play only. Now I want to study and after that I want to do a job," said Suraj, one of the beneficiaries.
"I used to work at houses but now the police ‘uncles’ have admitted me in a school and I am happy and interested in studying," said Rupa, another beneficiary.
Parents too say the campaign to educate their children is a good one.
"My child used to play and run here and there without any work. But now, they go to school and study. I am happy with the work done by the policemen," says Shivkumar Yadav, a parent.
The role reversal of policemen too has been welcomed.