A woman has written to Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, bemoaning the lack of roads to her village and saying she cannot get married till the village gets a bus service and there would be no one left to fight for their rights. Her email evoked an official response from the government, with district officials visiting the village on Thursday and promising immediate action on her requests.
Bindu R D, a resident of H Rampura village in Davanagere district, had written an email to Bommai on September 9, demanding the construction of roads and a bus service to her village and a bus service to the village. The 26-year-old, who is the only post graduate in her village, said she cannot get married and leave her native place till roads are built, otherwise there would be no one left to fight for her village.
In her email, Bindu, said she was forced to live in a hostel during her youth to pursue her education because there were no roads and buses for her to travel.
H Rampura village which is located 37 km away from the Davangere city, the district headquarters, has about 60 houses and 300 people.
The nearest school and health care facility are about 7 km away, at Mayakonda village.
Davangere Deputy Commissioner visited H Rampura on Thursday and was forced to walk nearly 2 km to reach the village. He then directed local officials to begin work on connecting roads starting Friday.
“Bindu’s plea has drawn the attention of the CM and Chief Secretary as well. They have directed us to asphalt roads and to operate buses. We will be starting bus services shortly,” Belagi said.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Bindu said, “There is a school for children up to Class 5 in my village, but if someone wants to study further, they will have to walk 14 km a day. Many women dropped out of school because of this.
“Though I have picked the issue now, my elders told me that this demand has been on since India became independent… I may get married one day and may relocate to another town or city but the plight of my villagers would not have changed. This issue has haunted me and this is why I shot an email to the CM marking my protest,” she said.