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Dalit Women In Bihar's Panchayats : Reduced to Mere Figureheads?

Oct 31, 2020 13:18 IST

Bihar has 50% reservation for women in panchayats but what is the status of Dalit women elected to these panchayats? Are they able to make a difference or have they been reduced to mere figureheads? Has reservation improved the representation of women in Panchayats? IndiaSpend's Sadhika Tiwari reports from Gopalpur village in Patna district brings the story of Sunita Devi who has had to face unique challenges as a Mahadalit or member of the marginalised lower caste, in a village that has a majority of dominant upper caste Bhumihars.