Elected sarpanch unanimously, Sirsa woman to wage war on illiteracy

  • Bhaskar Mukherjee, Hindustan Times, Hisar
  • Updated: Jan 10, 2016 12:08 IST
Yogesh Kumari Gaat (centre) after being elected the sarpanch at Ludesar village in Sirsa district on Saturday. (HT file photo)

After she promised to work on improving education and sex ratio in the village, residents of Ludesar, which falls under the Nathusari Chopta block, have unanimously elected a 23-year-old woman their sarpanch.

The village, located about 18 km from Sirsa city, is well known for its youths serving in the Indian Army. Though not following in the footsteps on these yotuhs, Yogesh Kumari Gaat, who completed her bachelor of arts before undergoing junior basic training, is also preparing to wage a war.

Talking with HT, Yogesh, whose grandfather lost his life in World War 2, said: “When a meeting of the villagers was going on, I was called by my father, Ramesh Gaat. They informed me that they are selecting me as their village sarpanch. As I am educated, my first aim will be to educate more and more girls of the village.”

“Not only girl education, my priority is to educate women of the village, too, who had to leave their studies due to marriage,” said Yogesh. The new sarpanch also plans to take out rallies with village women to spread awareness against female foeticide.

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