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Ila Reddy

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Here's How 1000 Women Mustered The Courage To Fight UP Panchayat Ila Reddy

Here's How 1000 Women Mustered The Courage To Fight UP Panchayat Elections

More than 1000 women from self-help groups contested the kshetra (block) and zila (district) panchayat elections this year. Most of them were first-time candidates with no prior political experience. Four hundred of them won, fighting against all odds -- from threats, to mud-slinging, to family pressures, to acts of violence. Anyone who is familiar with the feudal, patriarchal context of Uttar Pradesh (especially vis-à-vis panchayat elections) will know this was no easy feat!
14/12/2015 8:55 AM IST