Women will have to strengthen the politics that gives equal rights for them, said CPI(M) Polit Bureau member, Brinda Karat while addressing a well attended women’s rights convention organized by the Haryana State Committee at Hissar on January 31. She said that women face police brutalities in Haryana for getting an FIR registered on the issue of gang rape of a Dalit girl and for an inquiry into the abuse of children and destitute women.
“A member of the Maharashtra women commission is found holding women’s attire a reason for their rapes while the law minister of Delhi government is found using foul language against foreign women and the CM stages a dharna to defend his minister,” she said.
Brinda Karat said that BJP and the Congress can not be alternative to each other. She alleged that the Narendra Modi government has spoiled the Public Distribution System in Gujarat where most of the development indicators were abysmal. “It is amazing that Modi was misusing the state anti terror police for snooping on a young girl and such highly reprehensible act can be established if an impartial inquiry was conducted,” she said adding that the CPI(M) and the Left Parties were a true alternative to both Congress and the BJP.
Jagmati Sangwan, general secretary, AIDWA came down heavily on the communal and caste based politics for their divisive games to gain power and told that it was the CPI(M) which always fought against all sort of discrimination against women and stood firm with the struggling women.
Concluding the convention CPI (M) state secretary Inderjit Singh explained how the common toiling masses contribute to the state exchequer while these sections were being deprived of their share in development mainly because these poorer sections were not represented at the level of decision making. He called for an end to discrimination against women in all spheres of life. He said that the Left parties have always adopted a principled position against the politics of opportunism, defections and corruption. He declared that Left parties will hold a massive Vikalp rally at Hisar on 23 February to be addressed by CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, CPI leader Amarjit Kaur and others.
The convention passed a resolution demanding 33 per cent reservation for women in parliament and assemblies, strict laws to counter violence against women, implementation of NREGA in all villages, an end to social evils like dowry and female foeticide, curbing of self styled caste panchayats, regularization of services of scheme workers and genuine food security etc.