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Saturday, May 28, 2005

She ain't my daughter, she's a thing

Minor girl gets gang-raped. The four accused are arrested. Then the girl's dad, who left her and her mom for another woman 15 years ago, approaches the girl and her mother. He has been offered Rs 5 lakhs to drop the case, so he tries to convince the girl to do just that. He also wants her to get married to a mentally retarded boy in the same village. And who's with him in this effort? The sarpanch of the village.

So here's a question that bugs me: can decentralised governance, or local self-governance, which would give a lot more power to sarpanches, really work in a society as backward as ours?
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