People say when you want something with full conviction, the entire universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
Do you believe these words are true?
If you don’t, then the story of this 7-YO will definitely make you believe it.
This story is not only about the courage of a 7-YO girl who is fighting for her rights but also of a strong and inspiring father, who has raised a courageous daughter.
E Hanifa Zaara, a class-2 student, went to cops on Monday to file a complaint against her father for not building a toilet as per the promise he made to her.
As per TOI, she said:
“He promised to construct a toilet for me two years ago. But he did not do it till date. I am growing and I feel ashamed to defecate in the open. So, I approached the police to complain against my father.”
In her complaint, Zaara mentioned that her father promised to build a toilet if she stood first when she was studying in LKG. She is in class 2 now and from past two years, she has always attained the first position in the school. But, her father hasn’t even started building a toilet.
She felt this should be considered as ‘cheating’ and demanded that either her father give her assurance in writing or be arrested.
The sub-inspector A Valamathi mentioned that in order to build her case, Zaara brought 20 medals and certificates as proof of her academic skills. She further added:
“She explained her problems. I immediately contacted the sanitary officer and asked him to help the family build a toilet.”
Rather than being angry, Zaara’s father, Esanullah, 31, mentioned how proud he was for her daughter standing for herself.
He shared his situation with TOI:
“I was scared when a woman police officer asked me to come to the station immediately. The minute I stepped into the station and saw my daughter and wife, I was really confused. The police officer then explained the situation to me and asked me to convince my daughter and take her home.”
He further added:
“I have been teaching her to be bold and to approach the police if she faces any problem.”
Esanullah submitted petitions to the Ambur municipality twice for seeking financial aid under the Swachh Bharat scheme to build a toilet.
But, what happened next would make you believe in destiny. Hours after returning home, local body officials turned up and said they would build a toilet under the central scheme soon.
So, the next time when we give ourselves excuse or blame our circumstances for not standing for our rights, we are going to remember Zaara and her determination. Would you?
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