Political parties in Telangana seem to be keen on cashing in on the buzz about the International Women’s Day with even agitations being planned on women centric issues in the state this week.
Ahead of Women’s Day, Telangana BJP protested against increasing cases of rape and atrocities in the state after the party’s state president Bandi Sanjay Kumar visited the family of a post graduate medical student who took her own life after being harassed by senior students including the accused Saif.
The deceased medical student Dr Preethi hailed from a tribal family of Jangaon. After meeting the family, Bandi Sanjay alleged that it was a murder and not suicide and the state government was keen on a cover up because the accused hailed from another community.
It may be recalled that BRS MLC and daughter of Chief Minister K Kavitha will also hold a day long hunger strike and protest at the Jantar Mantar on 10 March demanding the implementation of the Women’s Reservation Bill. Reservation for women in the state legislature and Parliament is a part of the key agenda of the BRS.
Meanwhile, the state government too has gone out to observe Women’s Day announcing statewide celebrations this week. Urban Development and Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao instructed officials to mark the occasion through programmes with women public representatives, municipal department staff, self-help group members and sanitation workers.
He asked officials to identify women across the state who had done exemplary practices in areas such as dry composting, kitchen composting, water conservation and other fields of work in municipalities.