To mark International Women’s Day celebrations

The Election officials, accompanied with a strong posse of police, on Saturday swung into action to stop a public feast in a hall, where the women’s wing of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrated the International Women’s Day here.

A large number of women were having meal when the officials entered the hall. The videographers, who were part of the inspection team, filmed the happenings inside the dining hall when the women were eating. They also enquired with the organisers of the programme for violating the rules and regulations imposed by the election authorities when the Model Code of Conduct was in force for the Lok Sabha elections.

When contacted, S.B. Deepak Kumar, Collector cum District Election Officer, told The Hindu that a case under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), for disobeying the order promulgated by the public servant, would be registered against the party that organised the feast. Permission was given only to organise a function on the occasion of International Women’s Day. However, the organisers violated the order by feeding the participants.

Issuing stern warning against the political parties and candidates, Mr. Kumar said that several special squads had been formed to monitor their activities. Criminal cases would be filed against those violating prohibitory orders. Model Code of Conduct would be strictly implemented, he said.

Meanwhile, the women’s wing of the BJP has passed a resolution to provide 33 per cent reservation to women. A resolution to that effect was passed at the meeting organised here on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

It said that though it had been stressed for so long on the importance of passing the women’s reservation bill, the Congress led Union government had failed to take necessary actions to fulfil the aspirations of women across the country. If the BJP was voted back to power, it would definitely pass the bill.

Another resolution said that the Puducherry government should take firm steps to stop incidents of crime against women, sexual harassment and suicide by students.

Citing the scarcity of milk in the Union Territory of Puducherry, the meeting urged the territorial administration to take effective steps to solve the issue. Jothi Puthuraya, national secretary, Mahila Morcha of BJP and M. Visweswaran, president, BJP, Puducherry were among those attended the event.

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