By size, Sehruwa isn't very big. Home to 193 families, it has a population of 1278 people, of them 576 are women. 324 of these women (this is the number of women above 18) are illiterate. None of the women work outside their homes, even in the rural employment schemes, its only the men who take part.
Now, the question that one comes up with is obviously 'why don't women of Sehruwa vote?' And here is your answer:
Because, they don't have a voter ID card.
And why don't they have a voter ID?
Because, to get that, one has to get photographed. The Sehruwa, 70% people belong to the Muslim Pathan community (the rest are Dalit- just like Mayawati herself is). The men of the community won't allow their women to remove their veils (violates the 'tradition', they say) which makes it impossible to get a photo taken. No photos, no voter id, no votes. Things don't get any simpler - and idiotic - than this, do they? But this has been in pactice since 1847.
If you have any more question, maybe these should be directed to the state Election Commission or, the political parties, each of which talks of women empowerment?
***This isn't a blog against any religious community, but against injustice and ignorance***