Women competent enough, they need opportunities, says Rahul

Rahul told the gathering that women were competent to protect themselves and rise if given opportunities and rights.

Bhopal | Published:January 21, 2014 1:28 am

Calling for women empowerment, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi Monday said “the idea of equality had been ingrained in his mind because he saw how his grandmother Indira Gandhi’s opinion and consent were considered essential before decisions were taken in his household that included his papa (Rajiv Gandhi) and chacha (Sanjay Gandhi)”.

He was interacting with women activists and representatives from NGOs, SHGs and transgenders to elicit suggestions for the party’s manifesto. Rahul told the gathering that women were competent to protect themselves and rise if given opportunities and rights.

From the women’s reservation Bill to surrogacy to the rights of commercial sex workers to violence against women to discrimination against the disabled, the delegates wanted assurances from the Amethi MP.

“Once you empower a woman then you can’t stop her. Every woman is an asset. All we need is to create equal opportunities. They should be given space and rights,’’ he said. “Though the country became independent long ago the community hasn’t won it yet. What does the Congress have to offer to us,” Laxminarayan Tripathi, a transgender rights activist, asked Rahul, while talking of inclusion and non-discriminatory laws.

A woman representing commercial sex workers from Mumbai told him how there was no policy to protect them and they find it difficult to leave the profession. “When they want admission for their children they are asked to name the father. Make some suitable policy,’’ Rahul was told.

A woman from Gujarat said, “There are no colleges or hostels. There are malls and roads for development but the plight of the poor and Dalits was bad.’’ She said only Muslim clerics are called for minority-related meetings, not women. A representatives from the Northeast talked of harassment of women and the AFSPA and how no political party touched these issues. “A total sense of alienation exists among youth, especially after the exodus from the neighbouring state,’’ she said.

After the interaction, Rahul said, “I am happy. Frankly, the country is safe because we have such talented women like your. Though we have done a few things we need to be more aggressive.’’

Rahul reprimands state unit leaders

BHOPAL: Angry at a series of political reversals in Madhya Pradesh, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi Monday told party colleagues “to stop this tamasha”. “Don’t be seen only in Delhi or Bhopal. Visit villages and smaller towns and agitate for people’s rights,” he told new PCC chief Arun Yadav, adding “he himself was ready to get caned while fighting for people’s issues”. Rahul’s visit to the party headquarters, where he separately met office-bearers and leaders, was chaotic unlike his earlier interaction with women’s groups.

While he received complaints against leaders of different factions, Rahul also faced questions about action he had promised against senior leaders. Rahul rejected forthwith a list of reasons for defeats he was handed before he entered the PCC office, blaming his own party and factions for the drubbing. ENS

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    Akhil Mishra
    Jan 21, 2014 at 6:48 am
    Also...i think Rahul hi took a firm stand for women.... he should be the new leader of our country.
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    Akhil Mishra
    Jan 21, 2014 at 5:05 am
    Congress targeted and worked on youth & women of India. They worked hard to raise their stature & now they are handling India
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    Akhil Mishra
    Jan 21, 2014 at 6:45 am
    Rahul hi is focusing on development and congress' long term vision of equality.....tha'ts good to know. India need a leader like him who can inspire younger generation.
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    Akhil Mishra
    Jan 21, 2014 at 5:01 am
    Under UPA govt. India's per Capita Income has increased from 2004 to a large extent. Their efforts were brilliant.
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    Dibakar Biswas
    Jan 21, 2014 at 6:42 am
    Congress have introduced gender budgeting for improving the sensitivity of programmes and schemes to women’s welfare ....very brave decision indeed. We need them.
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    Dibakar Biswas
    Jan 21, 2014 at 6:40 am
    Rahul hi's focus for India is a long term vision, where all Indians will be treated with equality, respect & are given equal opportunities. He is sharp and takes good decisions.
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    Jigar Chopra
    Jan 21, 2014 at 9:04 am
    "His role being vice president of Congress has beenvery good. He has been working very hard to reach out to the common mes ofthe people."
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    Jigar Chopra
    Jan 21, 2014 at 9:04 am
    "Rahul hi is the true visionaery leader for india. Heshould be PM of India in the next election."
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