- In 25 years, the number of college-going girls in Haryana has quadrupled
- The number of Class 12-pass girls has gone up five-fold since the ’80s; that of boys has not even doubled
- There are more college-going women than men in some districts
- Families want girls to study to land good husbands; but clamp down hard on love marriages, which are rising anyway
Her name is Maafi; yes, her real name. “English mein jise ‘Sorry’ kehte hain,” explains the young woman in the pink churidar and purple kurta with net sleeves. She was named so because she was the third successive daughter born to a Solanki (scheduled caste) family in Sisana village, 26 km from the Haryana town of Rohtak. However, of late, the sprightly, lively and clearly intelligent Maafi has dumped this apology of a name and taken to calling herself Tamanna. It goes with the fact that this...