The beginning of my sarpanch life

Madhuri Deshkar
Posted August 30, 2018 from India

In 2011, I was going to the Gram Panchayat (village council) office on the midday. The office is at the farthest corner of our village. Along my way, I saw there was a big gathering of men and women. I pulled over my car and asked a woman, what was happening? The answer shocked me: a man was beating his wife with a belt, in full public view. 

I walked over to the man, caught his belt and angrily asked, 'why are you beating her?' The man was also hurling insults and expletives at the woman. I shouted, "why are you using such language?"

He shouted back, "who are you?"

I said, "I am the sarpanch of the village"

He fell quiet. 

"Why are you beating her on the street?" I demanded to know.

The woman now spoke: the man - her husband, wanted 20 rupees (less than a penny) from her. When she could not give him that, he started to beat her.

I walked out of the venue and the whole scene was still playing in my head. For two days, I could not sleep. I felt restless. Again and again, one question kept coming to my head "how can I stop such incidents of violence?"

I then decided to start an NGO. Once I did that, I also  a vocational training center and started to offer training opportunities.

The women who got trained, started to get work. And I now want to keep supporting women like this, helping them to become economically empowered.

 

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vidyacip
Aug 30, 2018
Aug 30, 2018

Nanda, your are a true leader who is concerned about people u represent. Keep the good work going.

Corine Milano
Aug 30, 2018
Aug 30, 2018

Wow - thank you for sharing this story. I am proud of you for standing up for the woman on the street, and for starting an NGO that will address the very issue of violence holistically! I look forward to hearing more from you and I am so glad you have joined World Pulse! We're very glad you are here.

Corine

Madhuri Deshkar
Oct 03, 2018
Oct 03, 2018

Thank you Corine for your comment. I am very glad to become a CIP fellow and a World Pulse member

Corine Milano
Oct 05, 2018
Oct 05, 2018

We are so glad you are here!

Jill Langhus
Aug 31, 2018
Aug 31, 2018

Hi Madhuri,

Welcome to World Pulse:) Thanks for sharing your courageous and inspiring story. What is your NGO called? Do you have a website and/or social media pages to like/follow? I'm looking forward to hearing more about what you have achieved and what your goals/mission are. Have a great day!

Madhuri Deshkar
Oct 03, 2018
Oct 03, 2018

Thank you for welcoming me. I feel very happy

Jill Langhus
Oct 04, 2018
Oct 04, 2018

You're welcome:-) Good to hear. Looking forward to hearing more about your work and mission.

Hope you have a great day!

Madhuri Deshkar
Oct 20, 2018
Oct 20, 2018

Thanks

Jill Langhus
Oct 20, 2018
Oct 20, 2018

You're welcome, dear:-)

Tamarack Verrall
Aug 31, 2018
Aug 31, 2018

Dear Madhuri,

This is true leadership from the heart. How wonderful that you stepped in and demanded explanation on this woman's behalf. This is what needs to be seen over and over. Women publically putting a stop to violence against women. Welcome to WorldPulse! It is good to have you here. Does sarpanch mean that you are on the village council? If so your village is lucky to have you.

In sisterhood,
Tam

Madhuri Deshkar
Oct 03, 2018
Oct 03, 2018

Thank you Tamarack for your kind comment. I am very encouraged by this.

Dawn Arteaga
Sep 04, 2018
Sep 04, 2018

That was such a brave and loving thing to do, Madhuri. Thank you for sharing that story. You expressed true leadership -- and leadership that we don't see often among those with power. I am so grateful to get to know you through World Pulse and hope to hear more from you soon! Thanks again, Dawn

Madhuri Deshkar
Oct 03, 2018
Oct 03, 2018

Thank you Dawn for your kind comment.

Kathy Dixon Crowley
Oct 09, 2018
Oct 09, 2018

Thank you for sharing your story!

Madhuri Deshkar
Oct 20, 2018
Oct 20, 2018

I thanks you also

Vishakha Shirke
Oct 15, 2018
Oct 15, 2018

नमस्कार माधुरीताई,

तुमच्यासारखा विचार फार कमी जण करतात. तुमच्याशी बोलायला नक्कीच आवडेल. शुभेच्छा.

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Madhuri Deshkar
Oct 20, 2018
Oct 20, 2018

Thank you read my story.

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