In a meeting held in Jammu today on the eve of International Women’s Day, the Youth Congress unit of J & K led by R. S. Pathania, senior Vice-President, underscored the need for making Domestic Violence Act applicable in J & K with certain special safeguards and purging it from loopholes like inadequate role of Police, faulty system of notifying NGOs and lack of adequate powers with the ‘protection officers’.
He said it is great pity that female foeticide, keeping girl child bereft of education, child labour, and sex-related crimes are an ugly blot on the egalitarian fabric of our society and the Law of the Land. Pathania also called for maximum enrolment and participation of women into the Youth Congress fold in J &K as Rahulji’s dream of ‘social transformation’ and ‘garibon ka bharat’ cannot be conceptualized without it. He also called upon the Youth Congress activists, especially females, to take a solemn pledge to penetrate upto farthest nook and corners of the state and protect women’s rights there and redress individual cases of discrimination, deprecation and deprivation of women in all spheres of life.
And protecting of women’s rights and their civil liberties in this militancy-hit state still remains a challenge for the government as well as civil society. Pathania was up-in-arms against the recent dastardly act of militants in killing two young girls in
Prominent among who remained present included Bharat Priye, Shivang Satya Gupta, Amit Manhas, Manu Jamwal, ZS Malik, Shafiq Rehman Bhat, Dr. Ajay Jamwal, Chander Sharma, Vikram Singh Bhandari, Shashi Bhushan, DS Manhas, Ajay Bakshi, Ajay Taloor, Yudhbir Singh and others.