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'Women Naxals Reveal Instances of Sexual Exploitation'

Publication: Outlook
Date: March 14, 2012
URL:   https://www.outlookindia.com/newswire/story/women-naxals-reveal-instances-of-sexual-exploitation/755468
Several surrendered women Naxal cadres have disclosed instances of sexual exploitation in Maoist camps, the government said today.

"Statements of several surrendered women CPI (Maoist) cadres of Odisha, Maharashtra, Bihar, Jharkhand and other states have disclosed several instances of sexual exploitation in Maoist camps.

"This has been widely reported in the media also from time to time. Such instances of sexual exploitation include rape, forced marriage and molestation by senior male CPI (Maoist) cadres." Minister of State for Home Jitendra Singh told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply.

He said, "Recently in Chhattisgarh, some surrendered CPI (Maoist) male cadres disclosed that they were forced by the senior leadership to undergo vasectomy operation as a pre-condition for marriage with women cadres.

"During an operation launched by the BSF in January 2012 at a Naxal hideout in Niliguda forest in Malkangiri district of Odisha, a large number of pregnancy test kits, condoms, contraceptive pills, etc were recovered. Such recoveries have also been made in other states."

Singh said, "There are allegations that women cadres of CPI (Maoist) who become pregnant are forced to undergo abortion against their will. The surrendered women cadres have also disclosed that even if they are married to male cadres, they are not allowed to give birth to children since the senior leadership of CPI (Maoist) feels that that it impairs their fighting capability and mobility.

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