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Rajouri killings: Women come forward to join VDGs
1/9/2023 11:09:53 PM

Early Times Report

Jammu, Jan 9: As authorities decided to strengthen the Village Defence Committees (VDCs) now name changed as Village Defence Guards (VDGs), a large number of women are coming forward to join the VDGs to fight with terrorists.
Not only in the terror affected the Rajouri district, but women in a large number have also volunteered themselves to become part of VDGs in Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban and Reasi districts also.
Important to mention here that the all-women VDCs have played a significant role in controlling terrorism in the far-flung areas of Jammu where presence of security forces were negligible.
It is pertinent to mention that the first women's VDC was set up in the twin villages of Marrah and Kulali, which became a role model for others. Women of such areas have established fine examples when it comes to save lives of not only their own family but also the entire village.
Meanwhile after the assurance of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to strengthen the Village Defence Guards (VDGs), authorities in the Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir on started distribution of weapons to local volunteers.
The members of the VDGs demanded special training to ensure that are comfortable while handling the weapons.
After terrorists killed six people in two days in the Dhangri village of Rajouri district on January 1 and 2 the locals have demanded that they be provided weapons to take on attackers.
Responding to the demands, Lt Governor Manoj Sinha on January 2 assured the people that they would get a Village Defence Committee (VDC) on the lines of those in the Doda district.
The same was echoed by Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh, who visited the village, on the outskirts of Rajouri town, after the twin attacks.
As reported earlier recently, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, while interacting with a BJP delegation from J&K led by the party's general secretary Sunil Sharma, had assured that all the revival and strengthening of VDCs in Doda and Kishtwar with change in their nomenclature.
Called Village Defence Groups (VDGs, it was decided that each VDG would have eight to 10 members depending on the requirement and they would be paid equal remuneration every month by the government.
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