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Women’s health, education priorities for Harvard alumnus Yukti Chaudhary, now a Zila Parishad member


Fatehabad: A Harvard-educated Yukti Chaudhary, who won the recently held Panchayat polls from Haryana’s Fatehabad, said she would push for women’s education and health.

Yukti, who was elected from Ward No 5 of Fatehabad Zila Parishad, while listing out her priorities, said,” There are a lot of things I feel should be pushed for in a rural setting. Education, especially those of women, is something I feel strongly about. Then there is issue of women’s health. We would also like to start a plantation drive on barren land”.

Yukti (27), has done her graduation in history (honours) from St Stephens College, Delhi University. After doing her LLB from Delhi University, Yukti did her LLM (masters in law) in International Human Rights from Harvard Law School in Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

She appreciated the “positive” initiatives like ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’, saying “…Changes cannot be brought about overnight. However, considering the larger picture, I do think such initiatives can have a positive impact.”

She also said more and more people in Haryana, infamous for its adverse sex ratio, were now in favour of girls being given proper education and equal opportunities as boys.

When asked what was her motivation to fight the Zila Parishad polls and now possibly vie for the post of ZP, Yukti said, “We (the family) hadn’t planned anything. When polls were announced, we (I) filed nomination towards the end.”

“I am not going to make any special efforts from my side for the post of chairperson. Yes, if other members of the ZP wish so, I am ready to accept the challenge,” Yukti said.

At the same time, Yukti said the family she was born to and the one in which she is married into had political background.

“I have a political background from both sides. My grand father Dr Hari Singh was a Congress MP from Rajasthan. My husband’s grand father Mani Ram Godhara was a former Home Minister from Haryana.

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