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Ethics Case Study – 21 May 2015

Topic: laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance

13) Six poor women belonging to a community that strictly restricts women to kitchen decide to go to work in a nearby factory. They want to earn for their families and repay mounting debt. They want freedom from moneylenders. But the village panchayat warns these women against working in  factory. It issues diktat to get money from moneylenders instead. These women are also ostracised and humiliated in the village by the powerful panchayat members.

You are District Collector of the district where this village is located. An official from panchayat complains you about this incident.

Identify ethical issues involved in this case and explain what course of action will you take? (200 Words)

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