Tahsildar urges villagers to shed inhumane practise

Official warns of discontinuing welfare schemes

Close on the heels of reports regarding an inhumane practise prevalent in Gollarhatti of Hassan district, it has come to fore that such a tradition is also prevalent in parts of Maddur taluk in Mandya district.

Tahsildar of Maddur, Manjegowda, who held a meeting with residents of Gollaradoddi village on Monday, urged the members of Golla community in the village to put an end to the practise.

During the visit, Manjegowda discovered that a woman who had given birth to a child was restricted to a room outside the village. Soon, he convened a meeting of village elders and discussed the ill effects of such a practise.

“Continuing such a practise does not augur well with the community. Banishing women during menstruation and after child birth amounts to harassment of women,” he said, and demanded them to put an end to the same.

While a majority of women in the villages agreed to the recommendations of the Tahsildar, village elders objected to the same, arguing that the practise was being followed centuries. Irked by this, the Tahsildar warned that the government might discontinue ration, pension and other facilities, if the villagers continued to cling on to the practise.

Village elders promised to discuss the issue and take an appropriate decision regarding the issue within ten days.

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