Disabled child in Kerala protests outside government office for his right to education
Mohammed Asim from Velimannna in Kerala has been battling every single day in his life. The 12-year-old boy, who was born without hands and has 90% disability has tremendous grit and determination.
That is evident in his decision to go on a dharna in front of the district collectorate to demand his basic right for education.
Asim decided to go on a dharna after the Kerala government ignored his repeated pleas to upgrade his school to a high school.
Asim has requested that the Velimanna Government Mappila UP School be upgraded as it was close to his home and he could continue with his studies.
Asim has trained himself to write with his feet. He sent numerous letters to top ministers and officials in the central and state governments, but his pleas have gone unheard.
Asim says he will have to stop his education if the school is not upgraded. He says that the entire village will benefit as there is no government high school in the panchayat.
Asim has completed class 7 at the village school. The only high school close to his village is six kilometers away. His parents say he will not be able to walk on his own.
Hundreds of people, including students from Velimannna, will take part in the dharna.