In lower Assam districts, rumours over vaccination drive leading to sterilization sees sharp drop in school attendance

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In lower Assam districts, rumours over vaccination drive leading to sterilization sees sharp drop in school attendance

May 15 (NL Web Desk): Government-run schools in mainly minority-dominated localities in several lower Assam districts have been witnessing a sharp drop in school attendance amid rumours that a vaccination drive purportedly launched by the government will render students unable to bear kids when they reach adulthood. The government, incidentally, has also not launched any vaccination drive although people of these localities were made to believe that a vaccination drive targeting minority communities, especially Muslims, to control birth rate was launched by the BJP-led government in Assam.
Government-run schools in Kalgachia in Barpeta district, Hajo in Kamrup and in some localities of Nalbari district reported only a handful of students while many schools had nil attendance following the rumours.
“There have been reports that the government has launched a vaccination drive targeting Muslim students in schools. And the vaccine, once taken, will make students unable to bear children in their thirties and forties. As a result, we have stopped sending our children to schools,” a local resident of Kalgachia in Barpeta district said.
“There has been a sharp drop in attendance in schools. Some schools have even recorded nil attendance,” a school teacher said.
The fear among people living in these minority-dominated pockets seems to be all pervasive amid reports of people coming out of their houses with rods and sticks if they see an unknown car near their villages.
Despite schools recording a sharp fall in attendance, administration officials have not taken any measure to stop rumours from spreading and also to dispel fear and clear confusion among the largely illiterate villagers.

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