Watch: What Bihar's Muslim girl students are saying about the election

Elections are not just about politicians. They're about people and issues. And what will really drive their vote.

Catch is, therefore, starting a 'People of Bihar' series, which will daily capture what different impact groups across the state are feeling. This is true insight on the Bihar election: up-close and hyper-personal.

Consider this: 28 million women in Bihar are illiterate. That's more than the entire population of Australia.

It's well known that the state has failed to progress with the times, but that statistic still makes for terrible reading.

Another ill that Bihar's society suffers from is a deep divide along caste and religious lines. Mix these two facts and what do you get?

If you are a woman belonging to a backward caste or a religious minority, there's little chance you would be able to sign your name. That's how bad things still are in 21st century Bihar.

But not for long. The young women of Bihar are finally awakening to the reality that only education can lead them, their families and their state out of the quagmire.

We caught up with a group of Muslim girls studying at the Maulana Azad Engineering College, Patna, and the Millat College in Darbhanga.

Here's what these trailblazers have to say about the Bihar election, and their wishlist from the next government of Bihar.

(Produced by Andrew Clarance)

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Shadab Moizee

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