Pune, 10th June 2022: By banning age-old humiliating customs for widows in 29 villages on the same day, Khadkwasla to become the first constituency to ban widow practices in Maharashtra, informed Rupali Chakankar, chairperson of Maharashtra State Women Commission.
The practices of women breaking bangles, wiping off vermilion from the widow’s forehead, and removing the mangalsutra, after her husband’s death, are all part of rituals that have been handed down over time. To stop such practices, the Maharashtra state government and the State Women Commission appealed to all the Gram Panchayats in the state to ban widow practices in their villages. Many villages responded positively to this call and started to resolve to ban these practices.
Carrying forward this initiative, 29 villages in Khadakwasla Constituency passed the resolution on 9th June 2022 to ban widow practices. On this occasion, Shraddha Joshi-Verma, member secretary, State Women Commission, District Collector Rajesh Deshmukh, Pune Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar, Zilla Parishad CEO Ayush Prasad, Pune Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta And Pune Rural Police Superintendent Dr Abhinav Deshmukh will present.