No. You can't abuse in this village. You will be thrashed or canned
The sarpanch of Talauda village, about 15 kms from Jind district in Haryana, has launched a campaign against the cusswords which mention women. He is not alone. He is backed by all the women of the village in this campaign
Diti Bajpai 10 Oct 2019 1:10 PM GMT
If you are visiting this village in Haryana, think twice before abusing anyone. If you do so, you may get thrashed or even canned.
Yes, you read that right. The sarpanch of Talauda village, about 15 kms from Jind district in Haryana, has launched a campaign against the cusswords which mention women. He is not alone. He is backed by all the women of the village in this campaign.
Madanlal, the village sarpanch, said: "These days people abuse instinctively. Even for petty issues and spats they use cusswords denigrating women. To put an end to all this the women folk of my village and I have joined hands and have run several programmes and rallies. Now, even senior elders and youth endeavor not to used cusswords and avoid repercussions."
Talking about the campaign's origin, Madanlal said: "I started the campaign on March 23, 2017 backed only by women from my village, but now we have support of women even from the neighbouring villages. If someone is found guilty of abusing, village women form a group and visit the offender in his own house and protest there."
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Madanlal added, "If while quarreling someone abuses and accepts that he did so unintentionally; he is still not spared and is acted against. We seek panchayat for the resolution and since the matter is serious we even lodge an FIR."
With a population of over 3,000 this village had its sarpanch abolish the parda tradition towards women empowerment. Manjeet Kaur of Talauda said: "No one in our village has the guts to abuse in words that demean women in any way. If elders do so, all of the women protest. With this initiative of our sarpanch, people have begun talking sensibly." Manjeet added with a twinkle: "If, however, a kid abuses, we give him a sharp rap."
Like Manjeet all the women folk of the village are quite pleased with the campaign. Another villager, Anita, said: "People do not abuse in our village. Whoever dares to abuse is thereafter visited by all of the women protest against his act. If we fail to convince the offender, he is then visited by the sarpanch himself."
This is a remarkable and historic initiative of this village for which the sarpanch has also been recognized and felicitated. Telling about an incident which had occurred in the village, Madanlal said: "There have been two grave incidents of violence due to abusing in the village. Whenever they quarrel, they abuse and say that it is their personal matter. The entire women folks of the village had to stage a protest in front of their house only then they admitted to their offence."
Sarpanch's initiated has also found male sympathies besides all-women supporters. "Previously people used to liberally abuse each other, but ever since the women have stood united against it, every offender is promptly opposed and campaigned against. It is a fact that previously using cusswords always aggravated the matter. People now being afraid of the women's organization, steer away from abusing one another," Talauda's Surendra Singh informed Gaon Connection.
Talauda's sarpanch had appealed several times to criminalize the use of cusswords demeaning women. He believes that in the village the use of cusswords involving mother-daughter aggravates the matter to the extent of a murder. People casually abuse one another so it is necessary for it to be regulated.
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