Participants accorded warm welcome
VISAKHAPATNAM: A warm welcome was accorded on Tuesday by women activists to the participants in the Campaign Reservation Express in support of passage of Women Reservation Bill (WRB) in the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies.
Members of all-women caravan arrived here from Jhansi after covering Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa. It will reach Delhi along with two other caravans on June 7 covering 56 towns and cities traversing approximately 15,000 km. They interacted with activists of AP Mahila Samkhya (APMS), All India Democratic Women' Association (AIDWA) and other outfits. The campaign is being held under the aegis of Act for Harmony and Democracy (ANHAD), an organisation fighting for rights of women.
Manisha Trivedi, who is taking part in the caravan, said the marginalised communities need support to vent out their feelings and get justice. Hence, pressure should be mounted for early adoption of WRB in the Lok Sabha.
National Federation of Indian Women national assistant secretary Deepti Bharti said there was opposition to the bill by some politicians as they thought that more women MPs and MLAs would threaten their political future.
She said despite the efforts to delay its legislation by some parties under the alibi of reservation within reservations, the UPA should take steps to adopt the bill in the current form in the Lok Sabha in the monsoon session.
Sania Hashmi, a political activist, who herself is a good singer and involved in popularising street theatres, said there was overwhelming support to their campaign for one-third of posts reserved for women in Parliament and State Legislatures.
Shirin Rehman, Praja Rajyam leader, said women had proved their power by making the self-help group movement a grand success in the State.
APMS State general secretary Aruna said till the adoption of WRB, they would continue their struggle. She said women issues could be focused better if they had more representation.
APMS district secretary A. Vimala, AIDWA district general secretary Prabhavati and others spoke.