Row Over Pregnancy Tests On Brides Ahead Of Madhya Pradesh Mass Wedding


The Congress has alleged that the state authorities had insulted the ladies.


Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s mass wedding ceremony scheme for girls from economically weaker sections has landed in controversy after a few of the brides had been made to take being pregnant exams. 5 of the 219 ladies didn’t get married on Saturday after their exams got here optimistic. The matter has generated an enormous political controversy as being pregnant exams are usually not purported to be performed on the ladies. The Congress has questioned who ordered the exams.

The mass wedding ceremony beneath the Mukhyamantri Kanya Vivah/Nikah Yojana was performed in Gadsarai space of Dindori.

One of many girls whose being pregnant take a look at had come optimistic, stated she had began residing along with her fiance earlier than the marriage. “My being pregnant take a look at got here optimistic. Probably resulting from this my identify was dropped from the ultimate record, though officers have given me no clear reduce cause,” she added.

“By no means up to now has such exams been performed,” stated Medani Marawi, the sarpanch of Bachchargaon village. “It’s an insult to the women, who now stand maligned earlier than their households,” he added.

The Chief Medical and Well being Officer of Dindori, Dr Ramesh Marawi, stated usually, exams are performed for age verification, sickle cell anaemia and to determine bodily health.

“Being pregnant exams had been performed on the behest of upper authorities on some ladies whose circumstances had been suspected,” he stated. “We solely conduct exams and report the findings. The choice on excluding the women from the mass marriage scheme is taken by the Social Justice Division primarily based on well being division stories,” he added.

The Congress has alleged that the native administration and state authorities had insulted the ladies by conducting being pregnant exams.

A tough translation of a Hindi tweet by former Chief Minister Kamal Nath learn: “I need to know from the Chief Minister whether or not this information is true? If this information is true, then on whose orders was this gross insult executed to the daughters of Madhya Pradesh? Do the daughters of the poor and tribal communities haven’t any dignity within the eyes of the Chief Minister? Within the Shivraj authorities, Madhya Pradesh is already on high within the nation when it comes to misbehavior with girls. I demand from the Chief Minister {that a} truthful and high-level inquiry be performed into all the matter and the responsible needs to be punished severely. This isn’t solely a matter of being pregnant take a look at, but in addition of a malicious perspective in direction of all the feminine race.”

The Mukhyamantri Kanya Vivah/Nikah Yojana was launched in April 2006. Beneath the scheme, the state authorities gives Rs 56,000 as monetary help for marriage of girls from economically weaker sections.

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