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Lahuari, a village 50 km south of Gaya district headquarter at the Bihar-Jharkhand border has less privileged to have a contact with urban areas. Encircled with great flora and fauna and hilly areas, the village has no means of transportation. Small and large water streams which generally gets dry most of the month except monsoon cut off the area from outer world. Enter the village by no means other than two wheelers (if a villager has, unfortunately no one keeps a motorbike) or on foot. The so-called existing road has no significance. During the monsoon people consider it better to keep themselves in their shell as they find it cumbersome to have a contact with the outside world. The river course during the monsoon comes with more unpleasant situation and during the whole period people feel themselves helpless. For medical assistance they have to depend on half-boiled doctor in the locality. Many of the deaths had occurred due to lacking of medical assistance on time.
The village has a population of 100 – 150 inhabitants who belong to Turi caste that comes under mahadalit category. The Turis are bamboo makers and their livelihood depends on the sole income through making Khachiya (a basket made of bamboo). The village has no basic amenities. Better health and education facilities, livelihood opportunities are dream for these dwellers.
The state of the dwellers is very pathetic. The locality where these castes resides has only one hand pump and most of the inhabitants have to depend on the narrow stream of the river course adjacent to the village. The houses in the village don’t exist with lavatory and men and women usually go outside for defecation.
The women population in the village is about 100 and has good sex ratio. Most of them are young and potential mother. Most of the women in the locality have not got their vaccination during their pregnancy and one who have given birth a child have not vaccinated as they don’t have any means. Lack of knowledge and information caused death of the infant as well as mother. Dependency is maintained on untrained practitioner and quacks having lesser knowledge on medicine and delivery. The doctors have not proper instrument for surgery, oxygen and other necessary equipments. In 2012 five deaths occurred due to lack of safe and institutional delivery according to an age old women. There have been more unrecorded deaths in previous years. There is health crisis surrounding the village. The area lack primary health centre and ambulance services. The plight becomes more intense in monsoon and people have to go far off the city hanging the sick on the charpoy. The children have not vaccinated with polio as ANM avoids coming in these areas as a pretext of naxal fear. But the reality is their lethargic attitude toward their responsibility. The born toddlers have no birth registration.
Besides negligible visit of Accredited Nursing Midwifery in the area, education is one of the problems. There is worst presence of teachers in the school located in few radiuses. Teachers usually come once in a week.
The Turis in the village has 10 old age people which are not getting old age pension. Most of the dwellers in the village claimed that they are not aware of any beneficiary scheme run by the government. They claimed that they also want to grow and raise their children with better future.
Many of the dwellers are suffering from the debt, the menace of the locality. As the people are dependent on bamboo making most of the time they have to lend money to fulfill their need. Most of the part of their life ends in filling debt. Literacy among girls is negligible with little percentage. The girls end their future with household chores.
The males of the village are habituated with drinking and they consider it important for their existence. Though women feel that a large chunk of their earning goes to drinking.
Aaanganbadi and Health centers are not available or if available no health staff comes.
The organization Empower People has started initiative for the betterment of people in the areas through education, raising livelihood opportunity, providing health services and other basic amenities.
Report : Shukoh Albadar Khan and Prem kumar Vidharthi