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Society will develop only when Women are empowered: Mishra for preventing crimes against women

Society will develop only when Women are empowered: Mishra for preventing crimes against women

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LEH: Asserting that the society will develop only when the women section is empowered, Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh, Brigadier (Dr) BD Mishra (Retd) on Friday said that it was the responsibility of each person in society to ensure that crime against women doesn’t take place.

Addressing virtually an event organised here to celebrate the International Women’s Day 2024, Mishra highlighted the importance of providing equal education, importance and status to women to ensure that society doesn’t remain stagnant, even as he launched Ladakh Citizens Help Hub, a portal to register queries and grievances regarding the 20+ welfare schemes of the Social Welfare Department.

The event was organised by the Department of Social and Tribal Welfare, UT Ladakh in collaboration with Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) and women’s wings of Ladakh Buddhist Association, Anjuman-e-Imamia and Anjuman Moin-ul Islam, in the Leh Main Market.

Wishing everyone, including the women achievers, on International Women’s Day, the LG, who joined the celebrations through video conferencing, stated that the celebration of the day is important for society, for its people and for women’s power.

The LG shared that during his school days before India’s independence, there were hardly a few girls in the school and the absence of any separate toilet facilities for the girls.

He informed about the prevalence of the slogan of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao in today’s world. He highlighted the importance of providing equal education, importance and status to women to ensure that society doesn’t remain stagnant.

Highlighting the importance of professing, practising and propagating women’s equality, the LG stated that such programmes would raise awareness and take the women’s section forward.

Stating that women are at the forefront in all fields, the LG highlighted the introduction of the women’s reservation bill by the Government of India led by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi according to which 33 per cent reservation would be provided to women in Lok Sabha and assemblies of states and union territories.

He also stated that centuries ago, women were held in high regard but then social evils such as the dowry system, child marriage, etc. crept in. He further stated that these social evils were gradually eradicated from society because the people realised the importance of doing away with such social evils.

The LG highlighted the need for the administration to provide facilities and ensure adequate mechanisms are in place so that incidents against women such as the one that took place in Sandeshkhali in West Bengal are avoided.

It is the responsibility of each person in society to ensure that crime against women doesn’t take place, he also stated. He informed about various steps being taken to empower women such as screening for various diseases and exhibitions of products made by female artisans in the main market area during the International Women’s Day celebrations.

The LG highlighted the sacrifices made by mothers for their children and the way to pay back to them for their sacrifices by empowering and taking our daughters and granddaughters forward. He stated that our society will develop only when the women section is empowered.

On the occasion, the LG also launched Ladakh Citizens Help Hub, a portal to register queries and grievances regarding the 20+ welfare schemes of the Social Welfare Department related to pensions, scholarships, child care institutions, Anganwadi centres, etc. A film on the portal was also screened on the occasion.

Earlier, Commissioner Secretary, Department of Social and Tribal Welfare, Padma Angmo, welcomed the guests and highlighted various initiatives taken by the department to strengthen and empower women in Ladakh.

Five outstanding women outliers from Ladakh along with ICDS Project Kargil for 100% target achievement under Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) were felicitated on the occasion. There was also a panel discussion on ‘Representation of Women in Politics in Ladakh with a focus on Women Reservation Bill 2023.’

There were performances by the Ladakh Police band, female artists of Ladakh and Anganwadi workers. Women achievers also shared their journey with the audience.

ADGP Ladakh, Dr SD Singh Jamwal, IPS; Commissioner/Secretary, Padma Ango, IIS; Commissioner/Secretary, Kacho Mehboob Ali Khan, IRS; Deputy Commissioner, Leh, Santosh Sukhadeve, IAS; Director, Social Welfare Department, Tashi Dolma, JKAS; HODs, government officials, women achievers and head of women wing of different religious organisations were present during the celebrations.

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