There are many children here, given that each household has a minimum of 3-4 children. The community consists majorly of migrants from U.P., Bihar and Karnataka. The families here are from a low-income background, they earn about Rs. 2000-10,000 a month. Eid at Govandi, is by and far one of the most striking and endearing things about the area. The whole community is decorated and families will beg you to come and join in the festivities.
A predominantly Muslim population , with the Shia sector being the dominant one. The Shia community is highly orthodox and religious , requiring all women including small girls to wear burkhas. The Sunni community is somewhat less orthodox. The highlight is the month of Muharram where you can witness the whole community of males( including small boys) flogging themselves with whips, swords and knives. ( It can be a very disturbing sight sometimes) . Most of the people here dont have access to even safe drinking water , and bathing shall hence become a rare occasion for many of the school kids. Although the sight of most people ( especially the rowdy looking teenage boys ), might be intimidating to you ', they highly respect the teacher community and are very welcoming during visits to the community.
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