Women in Jammu villages patrol streets to enforce lockdown

Apart from police restricting movement of people in Jammu, some women in Chatha area in the outskirt of Jammu city have taken it onto themselves to patrolling the roads in their villages to ensure lockdown to prevent spread of coronavirus.

Eyewitnesses said people in Chatha and its surrounding villages were surprised to see women with batons blocking the entry and exit points in their areas which connected to the main roads.

The eyewitnesses said these women led by ex-sarpanchGurmeetKour took the initiative when people did not take the government’s lockdown decision seriously.

The locals said few days ago Kour came out on the road with a baton along with a few women and blocked the entries to their localities.

Her decision was respected by the residents and no one argued with her or had any complain against the initiative taken by the former Sarpanch, said a local.

“We managed to convince people whosoever came out of their homes will be sent back. It was for the safety of people and they finally understood,” said Kour. “Police also appreciated and extended their cooperation. Besides, villagers nowadays avoid coming out unnecessarily. We succeeded to enforce lockdown by involving local women.”

Kour said she expects people to understand the seriousness of the disease and stay indoors.

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