Jamshedpur: Setting an example for others to follow, a group of women from Kadama in Jamshedpur have clubbed hands to wipe out social evils prevailing in the village. Despite the handicap of not being well educated or hailing from a financially sound background, they have formed an organization Jaidevdih Mahila Samiti to counter the prevailing social evils which prominently include corruption and liquor.

Situated barely 10 km from Jamshedpur city, a group of 10 females in addition to managing their family affairs have decided to make the village a better place to live.

One of the founder members of the group, Manju Rani Das claimed that Panchayat elections have increased the corruption in the area. “The village head is demanding Rs 500 from each person to make his signature on the form for the ration card,” she added. Coming down hard on the issue, she claimed that her group was strongly against any sort of bribe. “Our fight is against corruption and the struggle would be continued till the time justice is done,” she added.

Another member of the organization, Tara Das said, “In the first phase, we will inform the Deputy Commissioner about the act, and if no action is taken the organization will hold a protest outside his office.” She even threatened to go on a hunger strike if their demands fell on deaf ears.

Mani Das, a member of this group claimed that efforts are underway to educate villagers about their rights. “If our efforts fail to derive desired results, we will go for protests,” she added. 

Another major agenda included in their mission includes banning the illegal sale of liquor. With the large scale illegal sale of liquor in Kadam and adjoining villages, the female group has undertaken the task of spreading awareness on the issue. In addition, they are planning to take up the issue with the concerned authorities.