A madrasa running for the past 13 years in Dholpur, Rajasthan has a group of 30 children aged between 6 to 14 years. They gather everyday in a graveyard, looking prudently at the blackboard stuck to the tree.
The grave yard is in the yard of a mosque. Since children are not allowed inside the mosque, they leave their foot wear at the gates of the graveyard and wade through the graves to reach the class rooms.
Even though the mosque is spacious with ample amount of space to shelter the kids, there is a caution that reads “entry of children into the mosque would be equivalent to polluting the mosque”.
And though there has been an attempt to shift the madrasa to a different place, the teachers fear that the action may cause dropouts. But with the place in the graveyard declining, they also fear that soon there will be no place even to walk around.
Classes are postponed whenever there is a burial. Even though there are more than 60 children one finds not more than 30 children on any given day. Most of they are drawn only by the mid day meals.