The Indian Government has introduced 33 percent reservation for women in village councils (panchayats). 80,000 have been elected as the assigned chairperson of their local panchayat.Â But these women representatives are mostly relegated to a puppet status.Â DecisionÂ making stills rests in the hands of men. As a result, the female voices continues to stay silent in local politics. It has been observed in various village councils that women depend on their husband’s opinions, instead of taking charge themselves.
See theÂ videoÂ below to know more about Sukhantibai, a Gond tribal woman who represents 300 villagers. She is a well-respected community member. Some people might not agree with her straight forward demeanor but everyone knows and respects her ability to reach her goals against all odds.