Community Correspondents

Reena Devi

Reena Devi- village Boropar, Sikkar, Barari police station, District Katihar, Bihar. Reena Devi primarily reports on issues related to gender, sexual violence, and religious minorities Reena Devi has always had large aspirations. As a young girl, she often experienced gender discrimination. She frequently heard about women in her community who survived sexual violence. Reena was discouraged from attending school and instead stayed home to work on her family’s farm. During her chores, she imagined ways to change the culture of gender discrimination and how to provide better opportunities to women. When she was older, she joined the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (Association for the Empowerment of Workers and Peasants) and became her community’s resident women’s rights activist and mobilizer of female citizens for social goals. Her reporting for VV focuses on issues that she encounters in her women’s rights work and on the issues of religious minorities.

Videos from Reena

On World Food Day – A starving village

/ October 16, 2015

15% of India’s 1.2 billion people, which amounts to 180 million people, still don’t get enough food each day (Source: International Food Policy Research Institute).The ration is not being distributed to Lakshmipur village in Bihar and all that the villagers hope for is some subsidised food, which is a right...

Bihar’s missing ration cards

/ October 7, 2015

Rounia, Barari,  Katihar, Bihar | Reena Devi The national food security law provides legal entitlement to subsidised food grains to two-thirds of India’s population. Bihar was hailed for being among the states that  successfully implemented the scheme. However, our ground reports tell us that majority of the beneficiaries still don’t have...

Healthcare fails pregnant women in Bihar

/ October 5, 2015

Sikkat, Katihar, Bihar | Reena Devi The pregnant women in Sikkat, Ward no. 3, Bihar are not being provided with proper healthcare facilities as expected. Their sufferings were recorded by our Community correspondent Reena Devi.Please call the Sub-divisional officer on  +91-9473191377 and ask him to immediately make sure that pregnant...

Bribe for Aadhar Card in Sikkat Council, Bihar – Video Volunteer Reena Reports

/ September 25, 2015

An Aadhar card contractor’s act of demanding bribes from village residents has come to light in Bihar’s Sikkar village. Anil Mandal, the ward member of ward number 1, 2 and 3 of the village has been demanding bribes for providing applications for Aadhar cards. The residents report that he has...

Community comes together to end the ration dealer corruption in Bihar

/ September 18, 2015

Public Distribution System in India is an institution where corruption is practised rampantly. So, when our Community Correspondent Reena Devi was informed by the residents of Sikkat village about the corruption within their local Public Distribution System, she went there and shot a video on the issue. The government of...

End this Cruel Cycle of Corruption Today

/ June 25, 2015

25th June, 2015 | Sikkat Village Council, Katihar, Bihar | Reena Devi “What is the point of having a District Magistrate and Collector, when they won’t serve the poor people?,” asks Anil, an irate resident of this village whose residents are being cheated by a corrupt ration dealer. The ration...

SUCCESS: Ration Cards at Fair Price

/ November 28, 2014

Earlier this year, VV-PACS Community Correspondent Reena Devi reported on how the residents of Bihar’s Katihar district were being sold ration cards at an unfair price. In this report, she documents how she was able to make an impact by rallying against the administration with the help of community members....

SUCCESS: Anganwadi in Bihar fully functional once again

/ November 26, 2014

In August 2013, our Community Correspondent Reena Devi, from the Katihar district of Bihar, reported on the fate of a community in Bihar, which had been poorly attended to by its Anganwadi worker. This caused a disruption in the lives of the villagers who depend upon the Anganwadi for the...