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24 Y.O. Medical Student Shahnaaz Khan Elected As The Youngest Sarpanch In Her Village In Mewat

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  •  March 13, 2018

On Monday, 24-year-old Shahnaaz Khan took the oath as the elected sarpanch of Garhazan village in Bharatpur. Yep, it was the villagers who had chosen her, a medical student at Teerthanker Mahaveer Medical College and Research Center in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, as their sarpanch.

“People in Mewat area don’t send their daughters to schools. I will present before them my own example to show what education can do for a woman,” said Shahnaaz, who is the most educated woman in Garhazan’s history. She is proudly taking forward her paternal grandfather, Hanif Khan’s political legacy, who had been the sarpanch of Garhazan for 55 years.

His election in 2015 was declared null and void by a court last year as he was held guilty of forging educational qualification documents. Class 10th has been made a mandatory qualification for sarpanch candidates by the Rajasthan Government

When the by-election was taking place, Shahnaaz was taking her MBBS fourth year practical examinations and believes that she will be able to juggle her studies and her responsibilities as the sarpanch as well. The young sarpanch is all set to start her internship at Civil Hospital in Gurgaon and will be taking an entrance examination for the postgraduate course in medicine later.

When it comes to the difference between the level of education of boys and girls in the district, it is 29.9%, so for a young and educated woman like Shahnaaz to become the sarpanch is a welcome change. And she plans to not let this positive tide slide away without making even greater changes.

“For instance, people here die of tuberculosis. The disease can be cured with a six-month course but people are unaware,” she said, confident that by spreading awareness about sanitation diseases can be prevented.

Zahida Khan, Shahnaaz’s mother and also a former MLA from Kaman constituency in the district, said, “My family is committed towards serving the people. Shahnaaz joined politics to fulfil her grandfather’s dreams. She will serve the Meo community because it is backward.”

We wish her the best in her future endeavours!

H/T: Hindustan Times

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