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Changing the Terms of the Discourse by Kumud Sharma

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Withdraw the Ban on People with More than Two Children from Contesting for Panchayat Elections

Memorandum Submitted to Honourable

Shri Manishankar Aiyar

Union Minister of Panchayati Raj, Government of India

15 April, 2005

 

We are deeply disturbed by State Governments banning persons with more than two children from contesting for Panchayat elections. Enforcing a two–child norm, using coercion to lower fertility rates, imposing penalties and now banning people with more than two children from contesting Panchayat elections are unnecessary and unwarranted. Any policy or legislation that bans people with more than two children from contesting for elections is discriminatory, disempowering, and discouraging of democracy.

One, it negates the spirit ...

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