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Sati village aid ban challenged

Jabalpur, Nov. 8 (PTI): Madhya Pradesh High Court has admitted a public interest petition challenging the state government’s order to stop aid and other development grants to Patna-Timoli village, where a 65-year-old woman allegedly committed “sati” recently.

The petition — filed by Anandilal Chaurasia and Shankar Prasad Chaurasia — challenged the August 25 Cabinet order stopping aid and other grants as a punitive measure following Kuttu Bai’s “sati” on August 6.

After a preliminary hearing of the petition, the court issued notices to all the three respondents, including the state government, asking them to file their replies within six weeks.

The court also listed the petition on November 28 to consider whether an interim stay could be granted restraining the operation of the order.

Alleging that the government’s order was “arbitrary, excessive and one-sided”, the petitioners claimed that all development works in the village will be stopped following the order imposed as a punishment.

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