mt. Poonam Mahajan, Member of Parliament from Mumbai North Central and National Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party participated in a discussion on the atrocities against women and children in the country. The issue was raised as a short duration discussion under rule 193 in the Lok Sabha.
Following are some of the key points made by Smt Mahajan in the speech:
1. My heartfelt thanks to Shri P. Karunakaran for raising the issue of atrocities on women. It is commendable that my male colleague has taken the prerogative of raising the issues faced by women across the country.
2. We come from a culture that places women in the highest of esteem. From Janani to Annapoora, Saraswati to Shakti, we have equated women with divinity.
3. I thank Minister for Women and Child Development Smt Maneka Gandhi for her exemplary work from the day she assumed office. In particular, her initiative of forming an efficient grievance redressal cell is really appreciated.
4. I also commend the Gujarat Government and Chief Minister Smt Anandiben Patel for having 33% women officers in the Police Force in Gujarat. It is good to note that the same provision is being made for the rest of the country, thankful to the Finance Minister for allocating funds for the same in this years budget.
5. However, I would like to raise my concerns regarding the powers and functions of the National Women’s Commission. Unlike the National Human Rights Commission, which stands strong on every issue, the National Commission for Women (NCW) does not have enough powers. We need a more powerful as well as an autonomous NCW.
6. It is indeed a disappointment that more than Rs 2 lakh cases are still pending before the NCW and that a sizeable budget is spent on maintenance and operations of the NCW yet it has not been able to effectively deliver its goals.
7. I urge the Government to look in to the same and make the NCW more powerful as well as increase its autonomy. I am glad that the same is currently being considered by the Law Ministry.
8. Also, I humbly request the Minister of Women and Child Development to ensure that the National Grievance Cell that is being initiated is being set up in every Zilla and Taluk so as to benefit every woman in the country.
9. In conclusion, “It is waste of a woman to be a man” and remember Rani of Jhansi fought bravely like a woman, not like a man.
10. Our Government’s motto of “Sabka saath, sabka vikaas” can truly be achieved only if women and men are both empowered to be their best.