Govt is committed to ensure women’s safety and security: Manohar Lal


The Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal, has said that the state government is committed to ensuring the safety and security of women in the state, and for this, a special force namely, ‘Durgashakti Vahini’, would be constituted to put a check on the crime against women.

Speaking after inaugurating Jaagriti Project in Jhajjar today, he said the main aim of this project was to ensure that girls felt secure at public places, workplaces and while travelling.

It is the responsibility of the state government to provide free travel facility to girls up to their educational institutions. Announcing the launch of the ‘Chatra Parivahan Suraksha Yojana’, Mr Manohar Lal said regardless of the number of students in an educational institution, their demand for free travel facility would be met. Nodal officers are being appointed under this Yojana whom girls would be able to submit their requirements.

Unethical behaviour against women in any form would not be tolerated. After Madhya Pradesh, Haryana is the only state where provision of death penalty has been made for rape of children below 12 years of age. This step of Haryana Government is being appreciated and emulated by other states as well.

The Chief Minister expressed the hope that this law would be passed by the Lok Sabha for the entire nation. Social organisations would have to come forward and join hands with the state government in dealing with social evils such as female foeticide.

Expressing happiness over considerable improvement in sex ratio under the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ Abhiyan, he said that 33 per cent reservation had been given to women in elections to the Panchayati Raj Institutions. Today 42 per cent women representatives are heading gram panchayats in the state.

Speaking on the occasion, MLA, Mr. Naresh Kaushik, said the present government had taken all responsibilities of girls from ensuring their survival, security and safety to education. It has been made possible due to the farsighted vision of the Chief Minister.

Appreciating Project Jaagriti, he said the positive ideology with which this project has been launched, would realise the vision of ‘Mhare Haryane Ki Shaan, Ladka-Ladki Ek Saman’.

Jhajjar Deputy Commissioner, Ms. Sonal Goyal, said there had been considerable improvement in the sex ratio in the district. When Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Abhiyan was launched, the sex ratio in Jhajjar was 824 which has now crossed 920 girls per 1,000 boys.

Appreciating the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Abhiyan, UNICEF India Head, Dr Yasmin Ali Haque, said commendable job had been done to reduce the infant mortality rate.


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