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Bonds Behind The Veil

A kindred spirit coaxes the women of Hyderabad's old city out of social stagnation

Bonds Behind The Veil
Bonds Behind The Veil
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A law graduate, Rehana set up the Glorious Deccan School in Dabeerpura in the ’80s. Her motive was to ensure no girl child in the area dropped out of school. "I noticed several girls drop out because their mothers are not educated." To bring the mothers into the fold, Rehana also began adult education classes. The idea worked. Today, out of a total of 400 students, some 300 are girls. Besides, batches of 80-odd women attend adult education classes. And for girls who cannot afford education, Rehana gets her NRI friends and philanthropists to help.

Her drive against contract marriages of minor Muslim girls with Arab sheikhs began in 1997 with the case of 14-year-old Massarath Sultana. Massarath was married to three sheikhs in three months. When her father forced her to marry the fourth time, she approached the local police. But the cops refused to file a case. That was when Rehana stepped in. Her sources ferreted out the qazi and broker responsible for the ‘marriages’ and she got a DCP to file a case. She later sponsored Massarath’s education till 2002.

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