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A step towards a safety of villagers by Woman sarpanch in MP

by Rishika Choudhury

Date & Time: Sep 19, 2022 3:00 PM

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Many films feature the female protagonist removing her bangles to assist her husband in realising his dream. Asha Kaithwas did something similar but for a different reason. The 35-year-old sarpanch mortgaged her jewellery to install night vision CCTV cameras in her Madhya Pradesh village.

Kaithwas, 35, the sarpanch of Jhiri panchayat in Burhanpur district, said the cameras became necessary after the kidnapping of a tribal boy from Jhajhar village, which is part of Jhiri gramme panchayat. “Though the boy was traced in Jalgaon district of Maharashtra in two days, the police found it tough to probe due to the absence of CCTV cameras in the four nearby villages on Ichchapur- Indore Highway,” said Kaithwas, who belongs to a Scheduled Caste and has studied up to Class 10.

CCTV Cameras necessary to prevent crimes

The police asked all the panchayats to install CCTV, since villages located near highways are more vulnerable to crime. “Since I was newly elected, my digital signatures were yet to be created. So I couldn’t get money allocated through the janpad panchayat. I then decided to mortgage the jewellery given to me by my parents during my marriage,” she said.

Kaithwas and her husband Vikas, who works as a labour contractor, also pooled in their `55,000 savings. “The equipment cost Rs 82,000, but that is too low when it comes to ensuring safety. We too have two daughters,” Vikas, who is also the BJP’s SC cell leader, said. Lauding Kaithwas’ efforts, Burhanpur SP Rahul Kumar Lodha said, “What she has done is exemplary and shows her sense of responsibility.”

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