CM pledges Mission Shakti to Balrampur dalit rape victim
Lucknow: Launching Mission Shakti from Balrampur on Saturday, a six-month programme to create awareness on women’s security, dignity and empowerment, chief minister Yogi Adityanath dedicated the mega programme to the Balrampur rape victim, a young Dalit girl who died before reaching hospital.
Paying homage to the girl, the chief minister said, Operation Shakti would be launched simultaneously to counsel notorious and criminal elements. “If they do not change their ways, they will be ostracised and their photographs will be put up at road crossings,” the chief minister said.
The programme, which was launched while the state grapples with multiple cases of crime against women, seeks to create awareness on security and dignity of women.
“The state government will ensure dignity and safety of each woman and each girl child and is committed to their empowerment. Those who hurt the dignity of women or harm them will have no place in Uttar Pradesh. They are a blot on society and will be dealt with strictly,” the CM said.
Mission Shakti was launched on Saturday, the first day of Navaratra, dedicated to Goddess Durga. The CM enforced the religious link, saying women were a symbol of Shakti, epitomised by Durga. In the ‘sanatan’ tradition, women have been traditionally worshipped, he said, adding the new generation should become a channel for ‘sanatan’ tradition, which epitomises women’s safety and self-reliance. Mission Shakti is scheduled to conclude on first day of Basant Navaratra in April 2021.
“Mission Shakti is a step to teach people on women’s dignity. Respect for women should start from home. There should be no differentiation between a girl and a boy and societal ills like foeticide and child marriage should be condemned in public,” he said. The CM spoke about various schemes launched by the state and central governments for women and girl child, including Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, CM Sumangala Yojana, CM Community Wedding Programme.
He said, organisations and people who work for women’s rights will be honoured and women help desks will be set up in all police stations and tehsils. And fast-track courts will also be set up as per need.
The CM blasted the Opposition, saying for years they only believed in divide and rule and had done nothing for UP’s development. Without naming a party, he told people to recognise those pushing the enemy country’s agenda.
Courtesy : TNN