Nadia’s mother Miraj said, ‘We have nothing left after paying for gas, electricity and household expenses. Then how can we continue Nadia’s studies.’ Pakistan continues to rank at the bottom of the Gender Equality Index. Girls are seen as a financial burden in the country. Because parents have to bear the expenses during marriage.
Amin wanted to educate his six daughters. The hope was that they would lift the family out of a tradition of poverty. Amin said in a breathless voice, ‘We stop Nadia’s studies after completing fifth grade.’ As the eldest, Nadia has to take care of the rest of the sisters. That’s why he can’t study at home. As a result, he was asked to stay in the same class for several years. Such a scenario is not unusual.
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