Hyderabad: Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao may be a catchy slogan. But for Javeed Khan it is an article of faith. He will go to any length to educate his daughters – even at the cost of stinting himself of the basic comforts of life.
It takes strong will and commitment to educate four daughters and a son when you need every rupee to keep the wolf away from the door. Javeed, however, thinks investment in girls’ education is the best thing one can do. He doubles up as a traffic Home Guard and an auto driver to meet the expenses of educating his children.
He can be spotted at the Iqbal Minar at Saifabad directing the traffic flow in an eight hour shift and later plying an auto. As Home Guard, Javeed gets salary of Rs. 12,000 per month and earns an extra Rs. 300 per day by driving auto – barely enough to run the house. “Well-wishers help me out in meeting the education expenses of my children”, he says.
Though he discontinued Intermediate, he wants his children to get the best of education. His eldest daughter, Shaheen Fatima, is pursuing her second year of BBA course in Badruka College. She is also appearing for the ongoing CA exam. But arranging Rs 52,400 for CA coaching for his daughter was no easy task. Javeed had to run from pillar to post to raise money. Luckily the Helping Hand Foundation and Anna Joshi, a business man, came forward to extend financial assistance.
His other children are studying at Boston Mission High School, Tadbun. Every month he has to come up with Rs. 2000 towards their fee. His wife, Yasmeen Begum, also contributes to the family kitty by doing embroidery work on saris. It is a tightrope walking, but Javeed and his wife are determined to educate their children come what may.
Attached to the Saifabad traffic police station, Javeed (HG 3024) is serving the department for the last 17 years. Initially the salary was just Rs. 6000 and later it was raised to Rs 9000. It was after TRS government came to power that the salary jumped to Rs. 12,000. “KCR has promised to regularize the services of Home Guards. If it is done I will have a secure job and good salary”, says Javeed.
Educated girls, Javeed believes, are change makers. Hope his daughters will end his days of misery. Javeed can be reached on phone 9705281789.