Uttarakhand: Diktat prohibiting women from taking up jobs withdrawn
The diktat by a local panchayat in Uttarakhand`s Haridwar district prohibiting women from taking up jobs has been withdrawn.
Dehra Dun: The diktat by a local panchayat in
Uttarakhand`s Haridwar district prohibiting women from taking
up jobs has been withdrawn.
"Women in Godawali and Sarai villages of Haridwar district
have started going to work in factories in the nearby
industrial area after the diktat was withdrawn by the
panchayat," District Magistrate, Haridwar, R Meenakshisundaram
said on Monday.
The village panchayat had last week issued the decree
banning women from pursuing jobs, saying it was a disgrace to
their religion and families.
The panchayat had ruled that a woman can go to work only
when at least one male member of her family also works at the
same place so that she can be escorted by him.
It had threatened that a woman found offending the decree
would be whipped publicly and a fine of Rs 5,100 would be
imposed on her family, which would also face social boycott
from the community.
The diktat was issued after a girl of Gadowali village had
eloped with a male colleague from a different community a few
Taking a serious note of the matter, Uttarakhand Women`s
Commission had directed the district magistrate and senior
superintendent of police to initiate action against the
Following intervention of the administration and police,
the panchayat withdrew the diktat on Friday.
About 18-20 women of both villages working in various
factories in Haridwar`s SIDCUL industrial area were being
affected by the decree, Haridwar Superintendent of Police
(City) KL Shah said.