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In Bihar, official helps widow who wasn't allowed to cook for school

December 19, 2015 10:33 IST

District Magistrate Rahul Kumar eats the meal prepared by Sunita Kunwar. 

Children at the government middle school in Kalyanpur, Bihar have been going hungry for the past week. The reason: Parents didn’t want their children to be fed by a widow.

However, things changed on Friday when Gopalganj’s District Magistrate Rahul Kumar sat down on the floor along with students and had the mid-day meal prepared by the woman.

For the past week, students at the school were not being given a mid-day meal as parents protested against the food being cooked by Sunita Kunwar, a widow.

The parents were, in fact, so enraged that they even forced the school to shut down since last Wednesday.

Upset over the developments, Kunwar, a widow for the past 15 years and a mother of two, lodged a complaint with the district administration. Following this, DM Rahul Kumar visited the village on Friday, sat down on the floor along with students and had the mid-day meal prepared by the woman.

After Kunwar was reinstated, DM Kumar tweeted: “Sometimes you do symbolic things to overcome people’s beliefs. Asked the same widow cook to serve me the meal.”

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