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Thursday, 6 October 2011

Femicide is part of corruption Anna is fighting

CHANDIGARH: Raman Magsaysay awardee and an IIT teacher-turned social worker Sandeep Pandey bracketed femicide in Punjab in the category of violations of human rights of the weak saying the "menace" needs to be termed a corrupt act.

Anna Hazare's appreciable fight focused on corruption in government sector and at higher levels, will now be expanded to other areas, such as denial of human rights to the poor and weak and procedure to decide the people below poverty line (BPL).

Pandey said a conglomeration of NGOs, led by Medha Patekar, met at Anna Hazare's village Ralegan Siddhi this month to decide the immediate issue to be taken up for curbing corruption, which is a 'silly' BPL defining 'poor' as ones living on less than Rs 26 per day in rural areas and less than Rs 32 per day in urban areas.

The social worker, now teaching at IIM Ahmedabad, was in the city to promote an idea of barrier free India-Pakistan to allow visa-free movement between the neighbor countries, at a global peace and friendship gathering of around 1,000 students from 25 countries. The programme was organized by a local NGO, Yuvsatta, which promotes Gandhian values.

Pandey supported people's movement in Fatehabad, Haryana, against setting up a nuclear power plant saying land of farmers can not be snatched.


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