Naxals can marry but can’t have kids

Naxals in Chhattisgarh are allowed to get married but they are forced by their senior leaders in undergoing vasectomy surgical procedure to prevent them from having children.

Last Updated: Jan 31, 2012, 15:46 PM IST

Kanker, Chhattisgarh: Naxals in Chhattisgarh are allowed
to get married but they are forced by their senior leaders in
undergoing vasectomy surgical procedure to prevent them from
having children.

This was revealed by Naxals, who surrendered before the
police officials here yesterday. Nearly half a dozen of
hardcore Maoists, including four women, who are the members of
the Bastar Divisional Committee, surrendered at district
headquarters.

They were identified as Sunil Kumar Matlam and his wife
Jaini alias Jayanti; Ramdas and his wife Panidobir; Susheela;
Jaylal and his wife Asmani alias Sanay and Samo Mandvi. They
said Naxal leaders, mostly based in Andhra Pradesh, behave
rudely with them and punish them for falling in love.

Matlam (31), in an interview to PTI, told that the three
Naxals, who surrendered along with their wives, were forced to
undergo vasectomy before marriage.

A resident of Fufgaon village in Kanker district, Matlam
said that he was only 17 when he was picked up by Naxals from
his village and forced to join their rank.

He came in contact with Jayanti, a Naxal commander, and
later fell in love with her. When they expressed their wish to
get married, the leaders accepted their relationship but did
not allow them to start their family.

The Naxal leaders told Matlam that he can tie the knot
but
only if he agreed to undergo the permanent contraception
procedure, the Maoist said, adding that he had no other option
but to bow to the diktat.

Matlam said he has now given up arms and joined the
social mainstream, and wants to lead a normal life.

Ramdas and Jaylal also had the similar tales to share
about their personal life in the Naxal movement.

Matlam said if a Naxal refuses to obey the command, he
is tortured and forced to undergo vasectomy for which doctors
from West Bengal are called in the jungle.

The Maoist leaders feel once the couples have children
they may go back to their villages to raise them and this may
weaken the Naxal movement, he said.

Matlam`s wife Jayanti said women Naxals are often
subjected to harassment and abuse by their seniors.

Jayanti said now that they have joined the national
mainstream, it was the Government`s responsibility to protect
their families and provide rehabilitation.

Kanker Superintendent of Police Rahul Bhagat, who
played a key role in the surrender, said he had been receiving
reports about forced vasectomy on Naxals.

PTI