This Bihar District Magistrate Eats A Meal Cooked By A Widow. Breaks Superstition.

DM Rahul Kumar of Gopalganj in Bihar ate lunch with the students of a government school to dispel a "bad omen" superstition against a widowed cook.

Sometimes, all that is required to begin the battle against centuries of superstition and unthinking oppression is a simple meal of chhole and rice.

Sunita Kanwar is one of the 6 cooks who prepare mid-day meals for over 700 students at the government school in Kalyanpur, Bihar. But for the last 21 months, she has been fighting to keep her job. The reason: she is a widow.

“We will not allow a widow to prepare mid-day meal for our kids. This is a bad omen,” a Kalyanpur resident told The Telegraph.

District Magistrate (DM) Rahul Kumar first tweeted this about the opposition that Sunita was facing

To dispel this frustrating superstition, Rahul Kumar decided to eat lunch with the children in the government school on Friday.

The food had been prepared by Sunita Kanwar, who was widowed within 3 years of marriage.

dm widow cook

To reinforce the message that this kind of discrimination is unconstitutional, the DM also said that legal action would be taken against those who threatened her.

Sunita had earlier sought the help of the panchayat head, the school principle, and the block mid-day meal-in-charge — all of whom expressed their inability to fight back against mounting pressure from local villagers. It was then that she went to the DM, the senior-most government official in the district, for help.

Hum aaj bahut khush hain (I’m very happy today),” Sunita said.

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