Celebrations a distant dream for women Maoists

Bhubaneswar: At a time when women across the globe are celebrating International Women’s Day on Tuesday, their counterparts leading a secluded life in Maoist camps are toiling hard to earn a living. 
                                                    

While exchange of gestures, wishes and gifts marked the day for the fair sex in most parts of the world, the women Maoist cadres, however, were busy in perfecting their skills in their strongholds.

The Maoist movement aims at regaining the rights of the deprived people, empowering them and to raise voice against the government’s apathy. Apart from men, a sizable population of women has joined the Red movement in the past few years.

 
But there seems to be a different story underneath as most of the lady rebels recruited in the cadre is either lured or intimidated. Majority of these women who come from tribal families give in to abject poverty.
 
Reports suggest that these women are also subjected to physical exploitation and mental abuse in the camps.
 
“Ninety per cent of the total women Maoists are enrolled in the group either in deceitful way or by force,” DIG Southern range Yeshwant Jethwa said.
 
The chief objective behind the celebration of International Women’s Day is to empower women, make them aware of their rights so that they could exercise their rights in a democratic set up. But, it seems to be a distant dream for the women Maoists.