Jaora: Complaint to collector against husbands, sons attending panchayat meeting instead of elected woman panch

Complainant threatened with social boycott

FP News ServiceUpdated: Monday, September 05, 2022, 07:57 PM IST
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Jaora (Madhya Pradesh): Recently, there was a great hue and cry nationwide after RJD supremo Lalu Prasad’s eldest son-in-law Shailesh Kumar attended the departmental meeting of minister Tej Pratap. As pictures of Shailesh Kumar from the meeting went viral, BJP also launched an attack on the RJD.

Meanwhile, in Madhya Pradesh such phenomena are not new particularly in the rural areas where husbands take oath in place of elected wives or attend a crucial meeting at panchayat. One such incident was reported in Rola gram panchayat in Jaora janpad panchayat in Ratlam district where husbands and sons of elected women panch are seen attending the panchayat meeting.

Nonetheless, one of the woman panchs’ husband lodged a complaint with the district collector. He claimed that now he was getting threats of social boycott from other panchs and their relatives for raising his voice against the prevailing system.

Complainant, Dinesh Naguji, a resident of Sujanpura village of Rola gram panchayat, told the collector in the complaint that my wife is a panch from Ward No 20 of Rola panchayat.

My wife attended the meeting but panch Mamtabai of Ward No 2 of the same Panchayat, panch Savitabai of Ward No 7, panch Sadakunwar of Ward No 4, and panch Vidyabai of Ward No 14 who are supposed to attend the meeting, but they are not. Instead of them, their husbands and sons are present in the meeting.

When I complained about this to the responsible officers, they threatened me that if I raise my voice, they will make it difficult for me to live in the village.

Notably, 10 women panchs have been elected to Rola gram panchayat. In this matter, SDM Himanshu Prajapati says that after receiving the complaint, an investigation is being done. The report will be sent to the collector.

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