TimePublished on Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 02:14
Madurai A 51-year-old illiterate mother in rural Tamil Nadu has approached the Madras High Court to ensure that her daughter can go on to become an engineer.
It's a battle she has decided to fight against her husband for her daughter's education. It was a ‘dream come true’ for Rubinsha when she got an admission to an engineering college but her father’s stand almost took it all away. The girl, a resident of Kattuthalaivasal, near Karaikudi in Tamil Nadu, had applied in the Anna University for a seat in an engineering college.
Nawabjaan, Rubinsha’s father decided to stop her from realising her dream as he was against his 20-year-old daughter going out of her home town to study engineering. He was upset that at the counselling, his daughter had been offered a seat in Mount Zion Engineering College, Pudukkottai.
Nawabjaan wanted her to continue her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at a local college.He ensured that by stalling the release of her class twelve (10+2) mark sheets and other documents. Refused custody of documents that were rightfully hers and now faced with a probable loss of admission in the engineering course; Rubinisha tried convincing the institution that held the papers. “When I went to the college to take my certificates they told me my father has refused permission and told them not to give the certificates.
I thought my dream has come to an end. I wanted to do engineering and then take care of my illiterate parents,” said the girl. Fortunately for the girl, her mother Fathi Muthu Jegara decided to lock horns with the conservative husband, for her daughter’s sake. Fathi had never been to school, herself. But realising that it was a most crucial time in the career of her daughter, she decided to stick by the girl. The mother-daughter duo went to the Madras High court which has now ordered the college to release Rubinsha's documents.
That paves the way for the girl to pursue her dream to become an electronics and telecommunication Engineer. Fathi Muthu Jegara said, “He did not want a Muslim woman to leave her home town for studies. We are illiterate but I want my daughter to be self reliant. That is the only way her life will be better." Madurai Bench of the High Court on Monday directed authorities of Rubinsha’s college in Pallathur in Sivaganga district to release all her documents to enable her to continue her education.
The fall-out of the earnest struggle for her daughter's education has now separated Fathi Muthu Jegara from her husband. He refuses to have anything to do with the emancipated women who were once wife and daughter to him. But the women have no regrets. They are ready for a legal and an emotional fight with hope that they will be an inspiration for other women to fight for education.
(With inputs from Hari Krishnan, Veeraraghav and Anand Venkateswaran)