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FOR WOMEN: Pushparekha Padmanabh (second from right), zilla panchayat president, and women elected representatives, at the inauguration of a function to mark International Women’s Day in Bellary on Wednesday. G. Janardhan Reddy, MLC, and G. Karunakar Reddy, MP, are seen.
FOR WOMEN: Pushparekha Padmanabh (second from right), zilla panchayat president, and women elected representatives, at the inauguration of a function to mark International Women’s Day in Bellary on Wednesday. G. Janardhan Reddy, MLC, and G. Karunakar Reddy, MP, are seen.

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Concern over the plight of women forced to fight for rights

BELLARY: Pushparekha Padmanabh, Bellary Zilla Panchayat president, has expressed concern over the plight of women who are forced to fight for their rights and for their identity even in the 21st century.

She was speaking after inaugurating a function to mark the International Women’s Day organised jointly by the zilla panchayat and the Bellary City Corporation at the Raghava Kalamandir here on Wednesday.

A large number of women from all over the district came to participate in the function.

Shobha Narayan, Mayor, presided over it.

Ms. Pushparekha said that though women were making progress in all fields and were working on par with men, they continued to remain as the exploited class.

She felt that illiteracy among women was the main reason for gender discrimination, exploitation and social evils, including dowry harassment and child marriages.

She also underlined the need for women to become literate and fight against all kinds of onslaught against them.

G. Somashekar Reddy, corporator and president of the district unit of the BJP, said that through the trust, floated in memory of his father and mother, vocational training for women in tailoring and other vocations would be given to empower them in addition to making them literate.

G. Janardhan Reddy, MLC, took exception to the absence of K.C. Kondaiah and N. Thippanna, both MLCs. He said that his party, which had gained control of the Bellary zilla and taluk panchayats and the city municipal corporation, had decided to have women as heads of these local self-governments with the sole intention of empowering them.

He said that a drinking water reservoir was being constructed in the memory of his mother to ensure that people of the city did not face drinking water problem for the next 30 years.

G. Karunakar Reddy, MP, appreciated the progress being made by women

in all spheres of life and hoped that they would achieve more.

Subhadramma Mansur, a professional stage artiste and vocalist, Kappagal Padmamma, professional stage artiste, Uma Devi, gold medallist, Chapparadahalli Nagamma, a midwife, Krishnaveni, a progressive farmer, were, among others, felicitated for their contribution in their respective fields.

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