Hero of the week: RAMYA-She didn’t need Naukri.com to get a job!

CaptureTrailer: Ramya had one thing in mind after joining college-to stand on her own two feet. But, there was trouble at home. Her grandparents weren’t getting their pension and on top of that, she was totally unaware of the pension schemes. She requested an RTI enquiring about the same.

Plot twist: The postman was vehemently against her going the RTI way. He chided her,  tried to give her fake information regarding RTI, before finally leaving her with a warning.  

What makes her special? Ramya wasn’t deterred by what the postman told her. Even after he threatened her, she decided to use this empowering tool.

Sidekick: Training on the Right to Information Act given by LEAF Society for the youth

Climax: She got information about various pension schemes. She also found a part-time job in a library (managed by the Youth Club). And oh…her grandparents?.. They got their pensions. Her job portal- http://rti.gov.in/

Ramya’s story will remain in the archives of Namakkal’s progress. She got double the reward ( the information required in addition to a job) and her grandparents also were benefited by the pension. If you too have a story to tell, then please do share it with us at hr.leafsociety@gmail.com and inspire others with your story rather than your Facebook posts.

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Boys Don’t Cry…

“I don’t know,” Wali was saying. “My father says it’s sinful.” He sounded unsure, excited, scared, all at the

same time. Hassan lay with his chest pinned to the ground. Kamal and Wali each gripped an arm, twisted and

bent at the elbow so that Hassan’s hands were pressed to his back. Assef was standing over them, the heel of his

snow boots crushing the back of Hassan’s neck.

“Your father won’t find out,” Assef said. “And there’s nothing sinful about teaching a lesson to a disrespectful donkey.”

“I don’t know,” Wali muttered.

“Suit yourself,” Assef said. He turned to Kamal. “What about you?”

“I… well…”

“It’s just a Hazara,” Assef said. But Kamal kept looking away.

“Fine,” Assef snapped. “All I want you weaklings to do is hold him down. Can you manage that?”

Wali and Kamal nodded. They looked relieved.

Assef knelt behind Hassan, put his hands on Hassan’s hips and lifted his bare buttocks. He kept one hand on

Hassan’s back and undid his own belt buckle with his free hand. He unzipped his jeans. Dropped his

underwear. He positioned himself behind Hassan. Hassan didn’t struggle. Didn’t even whimper. He moved his

head slightly and I caught a glimpse of his face. Saw the resignation in it.

It was a look I had seen before. 

It was the look of the lamb.

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Our first warrior of “HERO of the week” feature: BHARATWAJ

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Trailer: He studies in 8th standard in a remote village in Tamil Nadu. What rights does he want? Right to no home work? Absolutely not. He has exercised a right which many of us wouldn’t use in our entire lives. Any guesses? Continue reading

Who is taking charge, God or the crystal gazer ?

While god has a special and important place in our lives, there are people who have taken complete control over the lives of people in Namakkal. No, they are not priests or politicians. They are the ‘Vasthu’ consultants. Continue reading

Our droplets become an Ocean

Remember when we were always told to wash our hands before and after our meals, and after using the toilet? Remember, the last time you went for a road trip, and flinched at the sight of the open toilet, or the open field you had to temporarily use as the toilet? Well. that’s the daily regime of over 50% of our population which, defecates in the open.

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SCHOOL SANITATION – THE TRUTH

The WHO defines sanitation as “the provision of facilities and services for the safe disposal of human urine and faeces”. According to WHO, the word ‘sanitation’ also refers to the maintenance of hygienic conditions, through services such as garbage collection and wastewater disposal. Continue reading