MP: Affluent family abuses midwife, forces her to clean house floor

  • Ritesh Mishra, Hindustan Times, Indore/Damoh
  • Updated: Nov 08, 2014 00:01 IST

An affluent family of a Madhya Pradesh village allegedly abused an Anganwadi midwife as “untouchable” and bullied her to wash the floor as a punishment, but she somehow managed to escape from there.

Auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM) Leelabai had visited one Rajendra Singh Lodhi’s house in village Sakha in Damoh district, about 400 kilometres from Indore, on November 4 as part of her job to apprise the children of health, hygiene and mid-day meal when the incident took place.

Leelabai alleged that the family even threatened to file a ‘fake’ theft case against after her husband Ganpat, who is a small- time farmer, lodged an FIR with Nahota police station in this regard.

However, the police station in-charge Nohota, Gyan Dev Dubey, said that the case was ‘fake’. When the reporter asked whether he visited the village, he said, “write whatever you want to” and disconnected the phone.

Leelabai and her husband Ganpat said that there was a constant threat from the Lodhi community but "not a single policeman has visited the village after the incident." "We are living in terror," she said.

Later, Damoh superintendent of police Siddharth Bahuguna assured appropriate action against the accused.

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