After a spate of ineffective protests by the locals in Malappuram district, Shahal K decided to take a stand. He went on a hunger-strike, and the government has agreed to fulfil his demands within three days. The high school student has demanded better facilities for his school, but to no avail. The school has suffered from an insufficient teaching staff, lack of toilets, poor laboratory facilities and a shortage of classrooms for years. Fed up, Shahal decided that this was the best way to make his voice heard. Speaking to The New Minute, the 17-year-old said:To me, it seemed that fasting is a powerful weapon of protest, which doesn’t hurt others. So when all other efforts went vain I decided to use this weapon.On Monday morning, Shahal informed the headmaster that he was going on an indefinite hunger strike and sat outside the school along with the locals. That night, he slept on newspapers and mats in the front verandah of the school, along with his supporters.After 24 hours of not eating, Shahal began to feel weak, but refused to give up. On Tuesday, someone brought him sheets to sleep on. Students, teachers and locals gathered around him, all in support of his agitation.As he is still a minor, Child Line officials intervened and monitored the situation. That afternoon, they took him to a hospital.We have no teachers. Temporary staff members in the school are not paid by the government. School lacks all the basic necessities, some of our classes are conducted on the first floor of a shop nearby. We have petitioned different authorities many times (but nothing happened). This seemed the only way out.Shahal says he asked his friends and classmates to participate in the hunger strike, but they were hesitant. Kerala has a history of strong student movements that have turned violent.My friends had inhibitions. But as far as I am concerned, I think that when we protest nobody should be harmed and nothing should be destroyed. And yet, the protest should be powerful. A hunger strike seemed the best option, going by other examples from in the country. We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.