Fight Against Injustice- Stand With Ritu Jaiswal

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In a series of unprecedented events- the iron lady of our Bihar who lately gained immense recognition for leaving behind the fine luxuries of city life and decided to dedicate her life towards the upliftment of Singhwahini Panchayat, Sitamarhi Bihar- Ritu Jaiswal (Mukhiya) has been wrongly accused of the Prevention of Atrocities SC/ST Act. Considering the unfairly stringent provisions which follow under the law- she along with her team will be facing imprisonment or legal custody very soon.

Ritu Jaiswal is widely recognised for the extra ordinary work she has done towards the betterment of Singhwahini Panchayat. Be it from bringing electricity to the place back in 2016 to declaring the entire Panchayat Open Defecation Free in the same year.  

We present this news with the utmost sadness that such selflessness and dedication towards social betterment is met unfairly. The accusations are briefly wrong and serve as a tool towards the benefit of corrupt local politicians and goons.

Here’s a series of events which took place.

RItu Jaiswal received a complaint for harassment against a local goon- Virendra Ram (who’s infamous for drug peddling and Sand Trafficking). When she arrived at the spot along with her team- she was mobbed and threatened with unlicensed arms and weapons. The notorious goon along with his accomplices threatened her to leave the spot immediately stating that otherwise he will (taking advantage of his caste) book her under the SC/ST or Dalit Act.

After suppressing the matter, Ritu had to flee the place considering the threat to her life. Later on, the goons proceeded to the local Dalit Station and accused her of violating the status of Dalits. The accusation under SC/ST act leads to direct arrest i.e. without any substantial evidence. Hence, it proves to be a sure shot method to defame any individual without considering the seriousness of their offence.  

Ritu’s work clearly suggest that her efforts are for the poor and un-prejudiced. Now be it for the Dalits or General. She believes in equality and her work clearly glorifies the same. She’s highly vocal about the Rights for Minorities and believes that their upliftment can be brought through working on Education and Job Opportunities rather than creating such laws which only proceed to create more unequality and tension in the society.

Though we never present our statistics based on caste or religion, such events force us to do so.

Therefore- last year she has educated over 500 students from minorities, has planted over 53 solar water pumps, constructed over 2000 toilets, skill training and job opportunites for over 20 girls.

As a society, it’s our core responsibility that we raise our voices against such injustice and show our support to people who work on ground level and depict an infinite sense of selflessness and hope.