Indian police are notorious for their inefficiency, lack of apathy towards victims and for being highly corrupt. In fact, time and again they have been reprimanded by various courts including the Supreme Court in these matters.
But a new specter is haunting the city of Indore in Madhya Pradesh. In a small room with numerous plastic chairs, a desk and photos of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh and Chandrasekhar Azad hand behind the wall. A man in police uniform is teaching children who look destitute. This specter is not from any movie but an area near Chattripura, Indore. The man is 42-year old constable Sanjay Rathore. He runs free coaching services for children from slum areas.
The laudable initiative was started by him in 2003 with the help of an NGO. But the support ceased in 2006 leading to drying of funds and and the closure of the bold and noble objective. This did not deter the sturdy constable from visiting different teaching centers in the state to empower the children and keep on the motivation, which he had, by that time, done for almost 3 years.
But then the question pops up. How does he manage it?
Balancing between a regular police job on one hand and teaching slum children on the other is no mean feat and tiresome to say the least. In order to achieve the same, he came up with a smart solution. He ran his free coaching academy near the police station itself located in Chhatripura area of Indore.
However, the most notable aspect of his charity is not only that he provided the destitute kids with free education, but most incredibly he has invested his own little fortune and hired almost 100 teachers to reach out to 1200 students.
The constable himself was asked to shed light on the curriculum and subjects are on offering. “I teach them subjects such as moral science, general knowledge, yoga and computer basics. After a year-long course, the organisation provides certificates to students, with which they get jobs,” Rathore said.
A part of his success story is Navin Limbodiya, who after being taught by the constable went on to learn photo editing is now placed at Atal Indore City Transport Services Limited (AICTSL). “I was born in a slum and had never thought of achieving this much in my life. Rathore sir helped me in education. Now, I work in a reputed company,” said the indebted student.[Via Hindustan Times]