Bihar’s IAS officer’s remarkable gesture to fight superstition in villages

A simple act by a young Bihar’s IAS officer in  Gopalganj district has set an example of how a big social change is possible even in the remotest part of rural India.

A widow in Kalyanpur area of Gopalganj district was banned from cooking Mid – day meal in a nearby school, The district administration came to know about the issue and informed the Collector.

This happened because of Villagers superstition that their children will get bad omen if they ate food cooked by a widow.

Rahul Kumar eating food cooked by widow

The Gopalganj District Magistrate, Rahul Kumar, ordered the villagers to immediately stop this practice and allow the widow to resume cooking the mid-day meal.

Kumar tweeted, “Some misled villagers opposed a widow cook and threatened to withdraw their Children from school after she was rightfully reinstated.”

The young bureaucrat then decided to visit the village and asked the widow in question to cook meal for himself. Kumar then tweeted the photo of him eating the meal cooked by the widow, who was being ostracised by a group of ‘misled’ people.

Kumar tweeted, “Sometimes u do symbolic things to overcome people’s beliefs. Asked the same widow cook to serve me the meal. (sic)”

His tweet has gone viral and has already been shared close to 800 times. Kumar’s incredibly praiseworthy act is bound to have profound impact in removing superstitions, still rampant in some parts of rural India. Positive News salutes his gesture.


  1. The young collector has given a new dimension to service. Such ideas flash in the minds who cultivate the sense of belongingness.Hats off to the Govt. Servant.


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