Samajwadi Party president and leader of opposition in UP Assembly, Akhilesh Yadav, on Thursday, welcomed Vidhan Sabha Speaker Satish Mahana and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for the special women’s session of the House in which only women members participated in the proceedings of the House.
“Women related issues are so big that a one-day session of women members is not sufficient to address the issues related to women. The government and the opposition will have to close ranks to address this issue and several sessions need to be organised to address the women related issues,” Akhilesh Yadav said in the state assembly on Thursday.
Lauding Speaker Satish Mahana for taking the initiative for the women’s session, Akhilesh Yadav emphasised the need for the government and the opposition to work together for curbing the rising tide of crime against women across the state.
“I welcome the assembly speaker for this session. However, the issues related to women are so big that a one-day session is not enough. Even if the whole session of the assembly is dedicated to women’s issues it will not be adequate,” Akhilesh Yadav said.
“We need to tackle the issue of crime against women in a non-partisan manner and rise above political affiliations. Even after the stringent laws legislated by Parliament, there is no let up in crime against women. Whether it be the incident of Hathras or of Lakhimpur, such incidents should not happen in a civilised society,” Yadav said and added, “If the opposition and government come on the same page then such heinous crime against women can be prevented.”
Referring to the gang-rape incident in Moradabad on Wednesday, Akhilesh Yadav said, “I don’t want to offend the government today and will not question the measures taken by the state government for women’s empowerment, the incident in Moradabad is a shame for the whole society.”
Offering his suggestion for curbing crime against women, Akhilesh Yadav said, “The government should adopt zero tolerance policy against hate crimes and there should be 33 per cent reservation for women in state police.”
He said education for women from primary to post-graduate level should be made free and an independent women’s unit should be set up in state police.
He said the government should organise self-defence training programmes across the state at village, block and tehsil level for imparting training to young girls in self defence.
The leader of opposition also suggested that gender sensitivity index be introduced in the annual character roll of the police officers. He regretted that the samajwadi pension scheme launched by the Samajwadi Party government in 2017, which benefitted 50 lakh women, was scrapped by the Yogi Adityanath government.