Holding an empty bowl in the hand while peeping inside a classroom with the eyes of hunger for food and knowledge, Mothi Divya was captured in a picture that swayed many minds and actions. As reported by Indian Express, this picture of Mothi Divya, child of a sweeper and an inhabitant of a slum near the school, was published recently by Telegu Times and went viral on the internet. Subsequently, she is the student of the same school today. How did this wonder happen?

Key Takeaways:

  • The photograph was taken by Avula Srinivasn outside a government school in Telangana.
  • Every day, Divya went to the school with the bowl to get something to eat.
  • Divya lives in a slum near the school and is the daughter of a sweeper.
  • The heart-wrenching photograph touched the sensitive chords of the netizens as it went viral.
  • Venkat Reddy ultimately took a significant step and got Divya enrolled in the same school.
  • Reddy expressed disappointment on the poor living conditions of people in slum areas and how small efforts can bring big change. 

As a part of her daily routine, Divya was at the school to find something to eat after her parents left for work. Unknowingly, she became the subject of Avula Srinivas’ camera and incited interest and debates across the country. The photograph was taken outside the Deval Jham Singh Government High School in Gudimalkapur, Hyderabad. It was published in Telegu Times under the title, translated as ‘hungry look’.  Soon, the photo became viral on social media too and attracted responses of many netizens.

Divya’s photograph and Reddy’s immediate and constructive step for her betterment incited dialogues on the conditions of certain sections of the society which are deprived of the basic human rights of food and education.

The netizen who took the action:

The heart-wrenching photo of a girl deprived of education and food touched the sensitive chords of people and society. Consequently, Venkat Reddy, the National Convenor at MV Foundation, an NGO that looks after the rights of girl child, took a significant step and made a difference. While posting the photograph on his social media handle he asked as to why this child was not enrolled and why her right to food and education were not exercised and that it’s a shame.

Not only this, but he also joined hands with the members of his NGO to ensure that Divya is admitted in the same school so that she can get both food and education. Later, as a mark of success and inspiration, Reddy shared the picture of Divya with her parents on the first day of her school. The Facebook post read, “Divya exercised her constitutional right to be in school. Today our team and other community members admitted her in the same school where she was waiting for the lunch bell to eat her food…..Congratulations team. Congratulations Divya.”

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The photograph revealed the reality of society

Divya’s photograph and Reddy’s immediate and constructive step for her betterment incited dialogues on the conditions of certain sections of the society which are deprived of the basic human rights of food and education. Reddy visited Divya’s family as a part of his endeavour and witnessed the poor living conditions in the slum. He highlighted the poor living conditions and struggles of people in that slum of Telangana in another post and said that small efforts can prove to be a progressive change for young minds.

As a part of her daily routine, Divya was at the school to find something to eat after her parents left for work. Unknowingly, she became the subject of Avula Srinivas’ camera and incited interest and debates across the country.

Venkat Reddy’s humane deed moved the netizens who appreciated the effort, and were delighted that Divya was a student of the same school. “Great job done by Media and NGOs congrats all.” said one of the users on Facebook.

Picture Credit: The Indian Express

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