Residents of Adakata village listen to a program on community radio. Photo by Basudev Mahapatra.
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Community radio stations have created a positive impact in rural communities where girls are still the ignored population.
Eleven-year-old Deepu went missing in Hoskote, 17km from his own village of Obalapura, Karnataka. He got lost in a crowd and his parents were unable to locate him. When Sarathi Jhalak, the local community radio station got involved, the community rallied together, and Deepu was found by listeners who decided not to ignore the young boy crying by the roadside. But now, Sarathi Jhalak struggles with a lack of funds and has gone off air temporarily.
With them playing key roles as volunteers, community reporters and programme producers, rural women in India have found a new medium to voice their opinions.