MP (Madhya Pradesh) woman sarpanch begging, cleaning toilets to make ends meet
JABALPUR: Rajni Bansal, sarpanch of the tribal-dominated Bachhama village, 80km off Damoh, has been doubling as a safai karamchari to clean toilets in a local girls school, and a midwife to make some extra money. If things turn particularly rough - which is often - the 38-year-old woman is also seen begging around the hamlet. To add to her woes, she has not received her honorarium for months. Her shanty - too small to accommodate a family of seven - may not last this monsoon. And on top of it all, the penniless and illiterate woman has been charged with graft and could be facing arrest anytime.
贾巴尔普尔市: 拉吉妮．班索尔是巴奇哈玛村五人长老会（注：相当于村委会）首脑（注：相当于村长）。村子离达莫80公里，村里人大多是部落民。为了多赚些钱，她一直都在打两份工，做掏糞工为当地女子学校清洁厕所，另外还兼做接生婆。如果情况变得特别困难--常常会这样--人们还会见到这位38岁的女人在村子里要饭。雪上加霜的是，她已经几个月沒拿到工资了。她的棚屋太小，没法容下一家7口，还可能撑不过今年的雨季。比这些更麻烦的是, 这个身无分文又一字不识的女人因贪污罪被起诉，随时可能面对逮捕。
It all began the day she learnt to write her name. It was Anil, her eldest son, who got her to do it, she recalls. Writing 'Rajni' in Hindi was fun and took her nearly a week. The skill came handy when the panchayat secretary summoned her to his office to sign her name at a few places. And now she hears her signatures have been used to withdraw funds which she has never seen. Unable to comprehend the situation she is in now, the simple woman wonders, "If learning to write one letter could land one in such a mess, why do people take the trouble to go to big colleges?"
这一切都从她学着写自己的名字那天开始。她回忆道，是阿尼尔，她的大儿子, 让她学的。用印地语写'拉吉妮'很好玩，这让她费了将近一个星期。当村委会秘书把她叫到办公室, 在一些地方签名时，这一技之长便显得得心应手。现在她听说她的签名被用去提了款, 而她却从没见过那些钱。没法理解自己目前的处境，这个头脑简单的女人想不明白，“ 如果学着写一个词就会惹来一身污点，干吗人家还麻烦去大的学校上学？”
In this era of much hyped women empowerment, the mother of five has no clue about the authority she wields as sarpanch. She has never even occupied the chair she was elected to. "It is not polite to sit on a chair before all these men," she says by way of explanation. In any case, the only time she visited the panchayat office was when she was summoned to scribble 'Rajni'.
在这个大加夸张的女权年代，作为村长，这位五个孩子的母亲对自己手中握有的权力一无所知。被选上的席位，她从未坐过一下。“ 当着所有这些大男人的面坐在椅子上，不礼貌,” 她解释说。任何情况下，只有当她被叫去划拉个鸡爪似的'拉吉妮'时, 才去村委办公室。
But now the report about impending action is beginning to worry her. Her eldest son Anil has already fled the village. Last fortnight she went all the way to Damoh to attend the jan sunvai at the collector's office. The officer, says Rajni, assured her of help, but so far no one has visited Bachhama or met her.
Sujat Khan, activist and member of Ekta Parishad Damoh says Rajni personifies the farce of panchayati raj in Madhya Pradesh. "The unlettered and gullible woman has been duped by successive panchayat secretaries to sign cheques and embezzle funds meant for various developmental projects", he says.
苏贾特.堪是一位活动积积份子，争取部落民和原著民权利的民众组织在达莫区的成员。他说, 拉吉妮身上折射出了曼德哈亚邦长老村委治理的乱象。他还说“ 既不认字又好糊弄的妇女被历任村委秘书们欺骗，让她为许多支票和贪污文件签字, 这些资金原本是用于各种发展项目的”。
Damoh collector Swatantra Kumar Singh, while conceding that one of the secretaries in Bachhama panchayat has been dismissed for bungling says that he has sent a team to probe the matter. "It is a peculiar case and would need a little time sort out," he says.
达莫地区追债官员斯瓦坦特拉．库马．辛格颇不情愿的承认，一位巴奇哈玛村委秘书因为过失被解职, 还说他已派出一个小组去调查此事。“ 这案子比较古怪, 弄清楚要一点时间,” 他说道。
Narayanan Vs (Unknown)
A pathetic story, surely not the only one in this country. And MP has been under BJP rule for quite some time now. PM, please do something to tame your chelas!
Ajit Lakshman (Unknown)
pathetic state.. An elected person does not know how to use the powers vested and officials taking advantage of illiterates. There should be basic training for all elected personnel who are not literates and how they can conduct their day to day activities related to their position and what their position is capable of - to effectively perform their duties.
If any illiterate person is elected to position, there should be a mandatory requirement of 1-2 month literacy and training of work ethics. So that they understand how system works.
Bob Steele ()
This is a pathetic story. You have to feel sorry for this poor woman. She was put in this place to abuse the power of the government. The people abusing her should be shot dead and left rotting in the street.
Why not you? MoreOver Sad..what an Irony!!. Also officers of Panchayat office should count on days. Still officers of Panchayat office should count on days MoreOver An uneducated, poor woman is being exploited. MoreOver Salutes to her courage but it makes a point more clear that education is the only way to come out of darkness of poverty....
Ajay Batra ()
officers of Panchayat office should count on days Also Your commentofficers of Panchayat office should count on days MoreOver An uneducated, poor woman is being exploited. Still Why not you? MoreOver It is the result of of our independence after 67 years of self rule by our own political parties........how many decades are needed to bring them to real life........how many hundred years are needed to educate them.......
iSupportModi sharma (Unknown)
officers of Panchayat office should count on days MoreOver Why not you? MoreOver Sad..what an Irony!!. Still The so called 'educated' reporter who posted this story should have offered her some help by at least taking her to the women's empowerment group, and noted down the names of the names of the groupmembers so that such hypocrite ladies can be exposed...
…还有，写这报道的、所谓'有教育'的报道者应该给她一些帮助, 至少要带她去女权组织，记下组织成员的名字, 因此妇女们可以揭露这样的伪君子…
Rishi Khurana (Chandigarh)
ek duniya aisi bhi hai Still really little knowledge is very dangerous. MoreOver It is common in many states as they are only proxies of powerful leaders. MoreOver it is a pity how a mockery is made of the women reservation provision. Education and awareness is the only solution...
…没知识真的很危险。而且这在许多州里普遍发生, 他们只是强势人物的代理人。再说, 真可怜，预留制对这女人是个多大的嘲弄。教育和觉悟是唯一解决办法…