Submitted by Newseditor on Fri, 2016-02-12 19:57 Bengaluru: In a land roiled by internecine communal clashes, young Fathimath Rahila stands out. The Class IX Muslim girl, a student of Sarvodaya High School, Sulliapadavu, Puttur taluk, has set an example by securing first place in the Ramayana Exam. Rahila secured 93�arks and topped the Puttur taluk in the examination conducted by Bharatha Sanskriti Prathisthana in November 2015. Daughter of Ibrahim M, who works in a factory, and Soudha, a home maker, Rahila told Bfirst.in that her interest in the Hindu epic was kindled by the stories she heard from her friends at school. “I had heard of Ramayana but I did not know it in its entirety. I just knew the fragments. But after I read it, I came to know many things that were hidden from us. Now I realised Quran and Ramayana have similar stories to tell us,” said Rahila. Rahila said her favourite character from the epic was Lakshman. “I liked the character of Lakshman more than Rama because of his self-less dedication and the sacrifices he did for his elder brother. But I also like Rama because he always spoke the truth. He is a role model for the society,” said Rahila. Speaking about her ambition, the inquisitive girl said she wanted to be a doctor and serve the needy. “I also want to learn more about other religions and nation,” said Rahila. Shivarama HD, principal of Sarvodaya High School, said the little girl was a shining example of the communal amity prevalent in the region. “At school, we encourage students to live together and not get divided by religion. Schools should also encourage students to read more books, epics and stories of leaders,” said Shivarama.