friends from Orissa are very brave. Though they are so young they
did something that the entire village was unable to do. They are
entry of a kid from an Orissa Project and her five friends.)
were busy with our children’s committee meeting on 23rd October.
At that time mother Veronica Munda came to us and informed that
Byakhrist is in pain since 3 am at night. We decided to take her
to the hospital since she is only 16 years old and it would be
difficult for her to give birth to the child at home.
husband did not have money. So we all went to DISHA office in
Bisra and informed them. Then we went to Jharbeda and took
Byakhrist, her mother and her mother-in-law to the government
gave birth to a girl child. Post delivery the doctor came and told
us, “Give me Rs. 500.” Birzit told the doctor, “Sir,
delivery should be free of cost and you are being corrupt.” the
doctor instantly shouted and said, ”From where have you come?
Who has taught you all this?” We replied that we came from
Jharbeda, Mundatola. It reminded us of about Children’s
Committee meeting where we discussed how we will not encourage
corruption. We told the doctor that he has to give money receipt
if we give him Rs. 500/- This is the practice that if somebody
takes money then he has to give a receipt. The doctor refused to
give a written slip and threatened us saying, “Go ahead, file a
case if you wish to.”
nurses also asked for Rs. 50/-. We did not give that too. In the
evening we brought the mother and baby safely home. We were glad
that we could do such a thing and hope that we can do this in the
villagers kept standing and staring at our courage and feeling
ashamed of themselves .
Village: Jharbeda, Mundatolla, DISHA
We found this article in the issue of CRY in
Action, 2006 (Child Rights and You)