Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phulle and Savithribai Phulle jointly opened the first school for the girls in 1848 against all odds. It is interesting to know that Sri. Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phulle married Savithribai Phulle, when she was 9 years old. She got her education from her husband and took an oath to help her husband for social revolution even if it means to sacrifice her comforts.
When they started the school, no one dared to teach in this school as in those days, education to girls was coded as unlawful in the laws of orthodox Hindus and also they did not want to teach the untouchables too. They faced torments from all sectors, but nothing could stop them from running the school and they opened the second school, shortly in the untouchable colony.
Savithribai was determined and worked towards the upliftment of Dalit and the education of women. She wanted to empower women with education so that they can be independent and lead their families and society with confidence and intelligence. She had helped women to break from all unethical beliefs and acquire an identity for themselves in the society.
Dr. B. R Ambedkar was inspired by the literature of Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phulle and Savithribai Phulle and thereby included “Right to education to every individual” while making the Indian constitution. Today women enjoy the benefits of acquiring highest education, thanks to Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phulle and Savithribai Phulle for their tremendous effort, who had taken education to the next level.
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