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Delegates of women’s organisations are on way to join a public meeting in Jaydev Bhaban in Bhubaneswar demanding the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha on Monday.
Delegates of women’s organisations are on way to join a public meeting in Jaydev Bhaban in Bhubaneswar demanding the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

Staff Reporter

Warm welcome to campaigners of caravan team

Caravan started its journey from Jhansi on May 20

The team is likely to cover 66 cities and towns

BHUBANESWAR: Women rights organisations here on Monday passionately pleaded for smooth passage of 33 per cent Women's Reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha without delay.

Women representation in the Parliament was vital on the grounds of social justice and for legitimacy of the political system and gender is social-political economical category like class and caste and the three intersect seamlessly, activists said.

They said empirical evidences showed that women as a category had been subjugated accorded a lower status and deprived in every possible manner.

At a public reception held to welcome the caravan comprising of 20 members, leaders sought to clear air by saying as far as representation of Dalit women was concerned, there was already a provision in the bill for 33 per cent quota for women within the existing 22 per cent SC/ST quota and even if the bill was passed in its present form, it would ensure the presence of at least 40 SC/ST women MPs in the Parliament (far more than the 17 in the present Lok Sabha).

Speaking on the occasion, Bhanwari Devi, whose bravery to face five upper caste sexual assaulters won many appreciations, said,

“I have been fighting for justice for 15 long years. More women representatives would mean greater rational approach to solve problems being faced by women like me.”

Similarly, Sultana Seikh said, my husband and five male members of my family were butchered by rioters in front of me.

Till date rioters were roaming scot-free. No adequate compensation has reached me even as I face tough challenge to bring up my kids.”

According to organisers, the caravan started its journey from Jhansi on May 20 and is scheduled to reach New Delhi on June 7. During their campaign, they were looking to cover 15,000 km 66 cities and towns.

The team had arrived at Bolangir on Sunday evening, reached here on Monday and they enter Andhra Pradesh after holding their last meeting at Chatrapur in Ganjam district.


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