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Large turnout: AIMSS activists at the rally in Mysore at the start of the convention on Friday.
Large turnout: AIMSS activists at the rally in Mysore at the start of the convention on Friday.

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Only women power can solve the problems: SUCI leader

MYSORE: The fourth State-level convention of the Akhila Bharata Mahila Samskrutika Sanghatane (AIMSS), held to highlight various issues concerning atrocities against women, gender equality and trafficking of women, got under way in the city on Friday.

The conference had a rousing start with a mammoth rally showcasing women’s power as thousands of participants from across the State marched from the Town Hall through the main thoroughfares of the city and returned to the Town Hall, the venue of the three-day conference.

‘Relevant theme’

Prof. J.R. Lakshman Rao, a well-known writer on science, inaugurated the conference and noted that the themes for discussion at the three-day conference were relevant to contemporary times. The National President of the AIMSS Chaya Mukherjee, in her address, attributed the problems plaguing women to the decline of the matrilineal society and the emergence of the concept of private property. She urged the women participants to join hands to fight the capitalist forces to usher in a social revolution with freedom for women.

Veteran freedom fighter H.S. Doreswamy touched upon the practice of female foeticide and said it was a slur on the noble profession of medicine. He called upon the AIMSS to fight the divisive forces that were exploiting women in modern times. In this context, he said the process of globalisation had only intensified the exploitation of women who should struggle to fight the new scourge.

State Secretary of the Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) K. Radhakrishna said that the gap between the rich and the poor was increasing. The working class, farmers and those in the middle income category were increasingly facing deprivation, he said, and that more than 1.5 lakh farmers had committed suicide since the country embraced the concept of globalisation. The youth of the country were being swayed by the negative impact of the decadent western culture. The net impact is on the girl child who is increasingly being exploited, said Mr. Radhakrishna.

He claimed that only women power could solve the problems as all political parties, irrespective of their ideologies, had become exploitative. Total revolution was possible only if the women community were united.

The convention had a set of demands and a resolution will be passed to include an end to dowry harassment, no deterrent to punish those indulging in crime against women, steps to curb vulgar portrayal of women as commodities in mass media, and an end to the notification of Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in the country.

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