First Meo Muslim woman cracks RAS, eyes IAS
A woman from Bharatpur district became the first from the Meo Muslims in the Mewat region to crack the Rajasthan Administrative Service exam, the results of which were declared on December 6.
Shaista Hussain, 26, got the 62nd rank in the other backward classes (OBC) category in her first attempt.
“I want to particularly motivate girls to get education in the Mewat region where parents discourage their daughters from pursuing studies,” she said.
Among the state’s most backward areas, the Mewat region -- covering Alwar and Bharatpur districts – records poor social indicators, including education, and is infamous for criminal activities. According to the 2011 census, Bharatpur registers 50% female literacy in rural areas, and 68.8% in urban areas.
Spread of education can control crimes in the Mewat region that is lagging in development, Shaista said. “Most people here are poor and need sources of income. They can only earn a livelihood if they change their attitude towards education and encourage children to study,” she told HT over the phone from Delhi on Saturday. She is now preparing for the Indian Civil Services exam.
Shaista’s family, originally belonging to Bilang village under Kaman panchayat samiti in Bharatpur district, shifted to Delhi when she was six years old. He father, Zakir Hussain, works as a JCB machine operator in the Municipal Corporation Delhi.
“A higher post is necessary to serve society and my next aim is to clear the Indian Administrative Services exam so that I get an opportunity to help the poor and underprivileged,” Shaishta said.
She completed her graduation in political science honours from Delhi University. After her post-graduation in international relations in 2015 from Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, she is now pursuing her MPhil there.
“I am proud of my daughter for setting an example for our Meo society and challenging the stereotype in the Mewat region where women are discouraged from getting education,” Zakir said.
Shaista’s younger sister, Israt, is a BCom student, and younger brother, Abrar Hussain, is in BA second year in a Delhi college.