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Lok Sabha poll fever rules Women’s Day celebrations

At Ghumar Mandi in Ludhiana on Saturday. Gurmeet Singh At Ghumar Mandi in Ludhiana on Saturday. Gurmeet Singh
Written by Divya Goyal | Ludhiana | Posted: March 9, 2014 4:26 am

With  purple bands on head and balloons in hand, Prabhsahay Kaur, daughter of H S Phoolka, who will be contesting Lok Sabha polls on the Aam Aadmi Party ticket from Ludhiana, was on the streets leading the ‘Women Inspire’ march to mark International Women’s Day on Saturday.

Accompanied by her mother Dr Maninder Kaur and aunt (Phoolka’s sister) Pam Sandhu, she listed out seven-point agenda in front of her father H S Phoolka for safety of women in Ludhiana.
A lawyer by profession, 29-year-old Prabhsahay has done her master-in-law from University College London and is now in the city to lead campaign for her father. Besides, she is also working on cases of child labour and trafficking.

Talking to Newsline, she said, “The basic problem of eve teasing lies in our mentality. Women themselves fail to come out against the problem. Our main agenda for this ‘Women Inspire-Marching Towards Safe and Secure Ludhiana’ was to create awareness that an attack on any woman is an attack on us.”

Later, joined by H S Phoolka himself at the march, Prabhsahay also listed out seven-point demands in front of his father. Phoolka said, “We would like to open a hotline number for counselling women as women still feel too awkward in discussing their problems with police.”

The Phoolka family also portrayed the women power in their own family. Prabhsahay said, “My mother is a doctor and my aunt is a writer based in the US. I am a lawyer. So we need to tell women that we are nowhere behind. We can go places if we want,” she said.

The march was also supported by women from ALL (Assocham Ladies League). Volunteers from Nayee Zindagi Nayee Udaan also presented short skits on dowry harassment and eve-teasing during the march.
The Bharatiya Janata Party held ‘chai pe charcha’ at Bhadaur House. Around 200 women gathered and discussed issues related to women empowerment. They also watched the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s video conferencing on Women’s Day.

Parveen Bansal, district president of BJP, said, “The main motto of this discussion was to bring out women out of their homes and let them talk over their issues.”

The Belan Brigade, a group of women with rolling pins as their weapons, also invited all Lok Sabha candidates from Ludhiana at Jagraon bridge to take pledge for a drug-free campaign. SAD candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali, AAP candidate H S Phoolka and Independent candidate Simarjit Singh Bains reached the Belan Brigade’s programme.

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