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Friday, May 23, 2008

State indifferent towards problems of women: AIDWA

TIRUPATI: The State government came under attack at the 4th district convention of the Chittoor district unit of the All-India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA).

Speaking on the occasion, State president of the organisation Subbaramamma criticised the Congress, which she said had done precious little to address the problems of women and improve their socio-economic status. “Women constitute 48 per cent of the voters but still the government continues to discriminate against women in all respects,” she said.

Liquor menace

The convention with AIDWA district president R. Lakshmi in the chair said that the liquor menace in the State had played havoc with the lives of women especially in the rural areas. It demanded the immediate removal of all belt-shops.

It was in this context that the AIDWA wanted the government to provide a proportional share in the budget for women’s welfare on the basis of their population.

The AIDWA leader alleged that after the advent of Congress government at the Centre and the State, atrocities on women especially those belonging to the weaker sections had increased manifold not to speak of the spurt in the number of rapes, murders, sexual harassment, domestic violence and so on.

Maheswari, a professor from the Mahila University, Tirupati, in her talk on ‘Women and Globalisation’ regretted that the Indian cultural ethos were worst-hit by globalisation and charged that the provocative scenes in movies and TV led to the sudden spurt in the incidence of violence on the women.

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