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Govt slammed for expelling women panchayat heads

Dehra Dun, Feb 20 (PTI) Women activists and NGOs have slammed the BJP government in Uttarakhand for expelling three women district panchayat heads on charges of embezzlement of funds.

A host of women activists and their organisations have condemned the government”s action, saying the removal is an “anti-woman” step.

Early this year, the government had removed Haridwar panchayat unit head Ramesho Devi and chairperson of Pithoragarh Zila panchayat Ranjana Devi on various charges, including embezzlement of funds.

Later, another woman panchayat leader, Madhu Chauhan, was removed from the post of Dehra Dun zila panchayat head on charges of alleged embezzlement of funds and dereliction of duty.

Following the removal of Chauhan, the wife of former BJP MLA Munna Singh Chuahan, many women organisations and social activists came up in support of the women leaders, condemning the government”s action.

“The women leaders have become the target of corrupt bureaucrats and politicians. Chauhan was removed just because she was not toeing the government”s line,” alleged Avadhash Kaushal, chairman of a Dehradun-based NGO, Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra (RLEK). [more]