Official in Madhya Pradesh is suspended after husbands substitute wives during the panchayat ceremony.
Following the release of the videos, the chief executive officer (CEO) of Sagar district panchayat issued an order on Friday suspending the secretary of Jaisinagar village panchayat.
In a few villages in Madhya Pradesh, male relatives of some newly elected women panchayat office-bearers and members were administered the oath of office rather than the latter. As a result, an official was suspended in one district and an inquiry was ordered in another.
In a few locations in the Sagar and Damoh districts on Thursday, the male relatives, including some women’s fathers and husbands, took an oath.
Social media was inundated with videos of the “oath-taking” rituals.
Following the release of the videos, the chief executive officer (CEO) of Sagar district panchayat issued an order on Friday suspending Asharam Sahu, the secretary of Jaisinagar village panchayat, with immediate effect over allegations that he gave the oath of office to men who had just been elected to panchayat office, including their husbands, brothers-in-law, and fathers.
When questioned, Sahu told reporters that the family’s male members were permitted to take the oath because the women had sent their relatives to represent them instead of showing up despite being repeatedly told to do so.
According to sources, the father of one of the 10 women elected to the Jaisinagar village panchayat, two of the women’s husbands, and another woman’s sister-in-law took the oath in their place.
Similar events are said to have occurred in the village panchayats of Gaisabad and Piparia Kirau in the Damoh district, where the male members were allegedly given the oath of office. The district collector, S Krishna Chaitanya, then requested reports from the respective CEOs of the Janpad Panchayats.
The information that male members took the oath in place of the women elected members has been reported, and the collector said that after receiving the information, action will be taken against the concerned panchayat secretary.
Users of social media claimed that such instances of male members taking the oath in place of elected women panchayat office-bearers occurred in numerous locations throughout the state.
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