Female Sarpanch Gagged, Whisked Away at Modi’s Women’s Day Event
A young woman from Uttar Pradesh was gagged and whisked away by the police when she raised slogans near the podium where Prime Minister Narendra Modi was addressing a gathering of women panchayat members on International Women's Day in Gujarat on Wednesday.
Hours earlier, two gangrape victims and an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) activist were taken into preventive custody by the Gujarat Police before they could make a representation before the Prime Minister.
She later told reporters that she was seeking the Prime Minister's intervention about development in her village which was being ignored.
At the function to felicitate woman sarpanch leaders for implementing cleanliness drive in their respective villages, Modi called upon them to work on the issues of education, female foeticide, gender equity, other than cleanliness drive.
Earlier in the day, AAP's woman volunteer Vandana Patel, who has been carrying out a campaign against what she describes as increasing cases of atrocities against women in Gujarat, had planned to take along with her the victims of Naliya and Mandvi gangrape cases of Kutch district, allegedly involving some office-bearers of Kutch district BJP to make representation to the Prime Minister.
All three were taken into preventive detention by police before they could reach the venue.
While Patel was detained before she could reach the venue, the woman sarpanch of Mandvi, who is also a victim of gangrape, managed to address a press conference at Bopal in Ahmedabad. However, she too was taken away by police to an undisclosed location.