Women to stage protest against Jaat Panchayats
The organisation is going to oppose rituals of virginity test, social boycott, truth test and other draconian rituals carried out by Jaat Panchayats
Pune: An organisation comprising women of Nomadic and Denotified Tribes are going to carry out a protest against the archaic rituals conducted by caste councils (Jaat Panchayat) in NT/DNT communities. Bhatke Vimukt Mahila Adhikar Andolan is going to protest outside collector’s office on Tuesday at 11 am.
The organisation is going to oppose rituals of virginity test, social boycott, truth test and other draconian rituals carried out by Jaat Panchayats.
Vaishali Bhandwalkar, coordinator of Bhatke Vimukt Mahila Adhikar Andolan, said, “Draconian rituals are conducted by Jaat Panchayats. The ritual of virginity test (Kaumarya pariksha) in Kanjarbhats is one of the worst forms of the violations of rights and privacy of a woman. It is humiliation of worst kind. There are many other such rituals which humiliate and violate an individual. To abolish these archaic rituals we have gathered women of NT/DNT community under one banner and are going to protest against the atrocities of Jaat Panchayats.”