- A village in Odisha, Kandhamal, removed a woman from the Panchayat body for having 2 kids, Thus violating the 2 kid norm
- The act prohibits anyone who has 2 kids or more from having a post in such bodies
- The woman was the chairperson of the Kandhamal Panchayat, and her husband is the sitting BJD MLA from G Udaygiri assembly constituency
- The 2 child norm was adopted after the population rise needed to be controlled in the states who’s consensus showed the need
- The woman had willfully held the information from the Panchayat in order to get elected
A district court held a woman guilty of violating the two child norm and disqualified her from the chairman post of the Kandhamal Panchayat in Odisha. This act restricts anyone from having more than two kids if they want to be a part of a Panchayat Raj body.
Goutam Sharma, the district judge seeing to the case, held Subhrenti Pradhan guilty for violating the Odisha Panchayat Samiti act (1994).
How was it discovered that she was hiding the number of children she had?
A member of the Tajungia Panchaya, Ruda Mallik lodged a complaint against the woman, stating that she had hidden the number of children she had in order to escape the implications of the Odisha Panchayat Samiti Act in order to become the chairman of the Panchayat.
Subhrenti has three children, and she gave birth to the youngest one in 1996. Her husband, Saluga Pradhan is a part of the G Udaygiri Assembly constituency as a BJD MLA.
When was the act implicated?
The first state to adopt the 2 child norm was Rajasthan in 1992. Odisha adopted the rule for Zilla parishads in 1993 along with Andhra Pradhesh and Harayana, and extended it to Panchayat samitis and gram panchayats in 1994.
A sinilar scenario took place when a Sarpanch of the Nuapada district was dismissed for having 3 children. While he signed a petition to the Supreme Court, they upheld the High court’s ruling.