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Parents in My Adopted Village Sell off Girl Children to Pay Police: BJP MP Pragya Thakur

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The three villages adopted by Thakur under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana include Kharjuri Kala, located in the Sehore district and Bangrasia village in the Bhopal district.
Parents in my Adopted Village Sell off Girl Children to Pay Police: BJP MP Pragya Thakur

Pragya Singh Thakur. Image Courtesy: NDTV

Bhopal: Unmasking the truth of development in Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal MP and Malegaon blast accused Pragya Singh Thakur claimed that people sell off their girl child in her adopted villages to pay police after being caught making hooch. 
 
She claimed that the three villages of her constituency, which she adopted, have 250-300 kids, but they have no money to buy food and sell illicit liquor to make a living. 
 
The three villages adopted by Thakur under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana include Kharjuri Kala, located in the Sehore district and Bangrasia village in the Bhopal district. It is located in the Huzur tehsil and the Phanda block.
 
When Prime Minister Narendra Modi was releasing Cheetahs on his 72nd birthday in Sheopur district, Sadhvi made this statement in the state capital Bhopal during an event organised by a traders' organisation called Bhartiya Udyog Vyapar Mandal Madhya Pradesh. Traders associations have gifted colour books and pencils to the children of her adopted village.
 
"There are localities in my adopted villages where people neither have any means of education or source of livelihood. They make illicit liquor and sell it. When police catch them for selling hooch, they sell off their innocent girl child and bail out their people from that money by paying to the police," she said, expressing gratitude to the organisation from the stage for the donation.

"The situation is so bad there that people do not have any money to buy food. I have adopted these three villages with about 250-300 children and started the work for them," she added.  
 
Accused in the Malegaon blast and infamous for her controversial statements, Pragya was elected as a member of parliament from Bhopal in 2019, defeating Congress stalwart Digvijay Singh with 3.64 lakh votes. Since then, she has maintained political relevance through controversies and not through her work as a lawmaker. 
 
Pragya's statement drew a sharp reaction from Congress. Taking a dig at her statement, KK Mishra, media cell in charge, said, "BJP MP is debunking her party's claim of 18 years of development, women empowerment and education system. It's shameful to see that children of MP's adopted village are being sold off to pay bribes to the police, and she is silent despite knowing the fact."
 
He further said, "If this is the condition of villages in the state capital, then one can imagine the situation is in backward areas. It's alarming. The cases of crime against women are highest in India, and close to 29 children go missing every day in Madhya Pradesh." 
 
"Pragya has exposed the BJP government's Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign," he added.
 
According to the National Crime Records Bureau, 14,553 kids have vanished in Madhya Pradesh during the past three years, 11,885 girls. Most girls were from low-income homes and lived in areas where tribes predominated.
 
Specifically, 30 children go missing every day in Madhya Pradesh, out of which nine never return. About 10,000 children go missing every year. Most are believed to be trafficked for domestic work, sex, and marriage.

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