At a time when many girls are still denied school education, the story of 52-year-old Baidyanath Prasad Shah sets an example for millions. Hailing from Motihari in Bihar, this incense stick seller sold his house to provide education to his three daughters.
When Baidyanath sold his house, his eldest daughter Rupa was only 14 years old. Rupa is now studying to become a civil judge, and got 173rd rank in the Public Service Commission examination of the state. A student of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sadiq Nagar in New Delhi, Rupa, was one of the girl candidates to successfully clear the 29th Bihar Judicial Services Competitive Exam.
The younger daughters of Baidyanath, Ruchi and Lakshmi, have also made him proud. His second daughter, Ruchi, became a doctor in China in the year 2014. His youngest daughter, Lakshmi, is employed at Bihar Bhawan in New Delhi, and recently cracked the National Eligibility Test making her eligible for appointment as a lecturer.
Baidyanath used to earn nearly Rs 15,000 a month by selling incense sticks, and managed to continue his business in New Delhi till the year 2014. Due to his financial situation, he had to sell his ancestral house to fund his daughters’ higher education.
Rupa considers herself to be fortunate as she was born to a father who gave up his wealth to provide education to his daughters. She now wishes to do everything that she can for her supportive father, and is also planning to buy back the ancestral property that he had to sell.
The sacrifice made by Baidyanath and the success of his daughters sets an example for others who consider their daughters to be liabilities.
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