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Academia Journal of Educational Research  5(10): 347-362, October 2017
DOI: 10.15413/ajer.2017.0105
ISSN 2315-7704
2017 Academia Publishing



Right to education: Status of Muslim female children in Rural Uttar Pradesh

Accepted 13th April, 2017

Fauzia Khan

Department of Teacher Training and Non-Formal Education (IASE), Faculty of Education, Jamia Millia Islamia, 28-s Sector 7, Jasola Vihar, New Delhi-11002, India.

Muslims in India are in the developing stage in socio-economic fields. At the same time they are lagging behind in many fields such as education as compared to other religious communities. This study enhances the various reasons for the educational backwardness of Muslims especially its girls in the country. For this purpose, a study was conducted among the parents and teachers of the drop-out girls from Muslim and other disadvantaged groups. The objective of the study was to understand the various factors affecting the discontinuation of female children school education. The following factors were identified from the outcome of the study, that is, the conventional understanding, financial background, school infrastructure, social environment and security, standard of education and government schemes. The Constitution of India assures women of equal rights and opportunity in every field. In spite of the Constitutional guarantees and other safeguards, females in general and Muslim girls specifically are still lagging behind in education. There might be various barriers affecting female education such as poverty, traditional customs, cultural practices, gender based discrimination and traditional notion of the family. Therefore, it is an urgent need to address these problems faced by Muslim girls, so that they can contribute to the nation development.

Keywords: Female education, literacy, drop-out, empowerment, gender equality, disadvantaged group, marginalized group.

This is an open access article published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. 

Cite this article as:

Khan F (2017). Right to education: Status of Muslim female children in Rural Uttar Pradesh. Acad. J. Educ. Res. 5(10): 347-362.

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