India Intelligence Report

Naxals Forcing Women into Terrorism


Maoist terrorists in India, called Naxalites, are increasingly hiring or forcing women into extremism. Inequitable distribution of wealth, non-payment of minimum wages, and denial of development is causing a sharp increase in extremism in Bihar, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, and Maharashtra. Women recruits are then trained to pose as social workers talking about contraception and child marriage but actively recruiting other girls and women for terrorism. In some parts of Orissa, parents have sent away their girls to far away schools so they will not be forced to join the Naxalite movement. The terrorists have become bold where they display posters seeking women recruits and also extort money from parent who do not want their children to join the terrorist movement. In Sambalpur district of Orissa, more than 10,000 families have sent their children away.

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