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Jalore village women vote for first time

Suresh Vyas  Jodhpur, April 17, 2014
First Published: 22:18 IST(17/4/2014) | Last Updated: 21:52 IST(19/4/2014)
Thanks to the voter awareness campaign undertaken by the election commission official, hundreds of woman voters in a village of Jalore district of Jodhpur region exercised their franchise for the first time after independence, on Thursday. Dadal -- around 65 km from Jalore, is a Rawna Rajput dominating village, where an unwritten law was enforced on women after a clash during an election many decades ago that they will not come out to vote. Percentage of voting by men also remained very low during every election, as people believed it affected the harmony among the villagers.

This fact came to the fore during our voter awareness programme during the assembly poll. We talked with the villagers and convinced them to vote," Rajan Vishal, district collector said.

"Women in this village cast their votes for the first time in Assembly poll in December last year," Vishal said, adding the administration kept up the efforts for participation of woman voters during the LS poll too, resulting in a substantial polling.

Vishal said two polling booths were set up in the village for the general election on Thursday. In the Assembly election, polling percentage of women in village was 58 percent and this could go up in LS poll.

"Sarpanch Jamna Devi Meghwal also played a vital role in convincing people for allowing women to cast their vote," Vishal said.

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