Our left brigade has tried hard to prove that there was no right to education for Indian women before Savitri bai Phule. Or, that Dalit women were not allowed in school.
In the 19th century, the British surveyed this issue and made a report on the basis of data 1800-1850. At that time Dharmapal Ji complied the data in his book “The beautiful tree”. According to the data, there were many colleges and schools running with the help of Brahmins. In this report, they mentioned that the ratio of shudra was higher than Kshatriyas Vaishya and Brahmins. Because the academicians wanted to focus on the poor. In those schools, dhobi, nai, chamar, kumbhar were also appointed as teachers.
But the number of women was lower than boys because at that time women got educated in their homes. This was due to fear of Mughals and Britishers. In these schools, they arranged classrooms for skills like stitching, embroidery, painting, cooking, etc only for women. Thomas Munroe wrote in his report of 1827 that the literacy percentage was 100%. Now the question is that if the percentage of education was 100% then who was responsible for this cause? Savitri bai Phule was born in 1831. So, how women were uneducated untouchable at that time?
Savitri Bai Phule is attributed to starting women’s education in the country. She was born in 1831 AD. Many “historians” use her to propagate Dalit - Non - Dalit Propoganda and Feminism. Even though, In 1805, King of Thanjavur Sarfaji Bhosle started a Girl school. In 1829, a missionary nun named Cynthia Farrar was running a Girl missionary school. Before 1835, education was in hands of Sages and Brahmin, many girl schools were already running in the different parts of India including Bengal. A special mention of a Bengali brahmin woman named Roopmanjari. She was running a Girl school in Benares with help of king Chait Singh. She also trained her students with the art of weaponry. Later they fought against Warren Hastings with the Chait Singh army.