The Congress today accused the BJP government of "betraying" the women by not fulfilling its promises on empowerment and safety, and demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi answers its questions on these issues in Parliament.
Congress spokesperson Sushmita Dev alleged that the Modi government has "failed" to provide reservation to women in Parliament and state legislatures and questioned his intent, saying his party has a clear majority in the Lok Sabha.
The Mahila Congress, which Dev leads, took out a protest in open jeeps from the AICC headquarters on the Akbar Road here in favour of the Women's Reservation Bill. They also issued a "charge sheet" against the prime minister over his "failure" to deliver promises made on these issues.
"Will the prime minister come forward in the forthcoming session of Parliament to answer the charges levelled by the All India Mahila Congress? Otherwise it will be assumed that he is guilty as charged," she told reporters.
Dev said Congress President Rahul Gandhi has written to the prime minister urging him to keep politics aside and introduce the Women's Reservation Bill in this session, while assuring the Congress party's support.
The Congress leader said Modi's commitment to women's reservation in state assemblies and parliament stands "breached" as despite having a majority in the Lok Sabha, his government has put the bill in "cold storage".
On the other hands, she said, the bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha during the Congress rule when it led a coalition government.
She also sought the corner the government over incidents of rape and online abuse to women. "Commitment to the dignity of women in all spaces has been breached. While the prime minister has time and again boasted about his Digital India campaign with its 'Power to Empower' motto, the dignity of women in the cyber space has been breached."
"The misogynist mindset of the ruling party and its ideologues was evident when they didn't spare even one of their own and mercilessly trolled the most senior woman minister in the union cabinet. The silence of the prime minister and majority of his cabinet on the incident is shocking and disgraceful," The Mahila Congress chief said.
She was apparently referring to recent social media trolling of Union minister Sushma Swaraj after the external affairs ministry intervened when an interfaith couple alleged harassment at a passport office in Uttar Pradesh.
The Mahila Congress chief also accused the Modi government of failing to set up fast track courts in most states though the BJP is in power in 21 states.
Dev said the Supreme Court recently delivered justice in the Nirbhaya rape case, when it upheld the death sentence given to the convicts, but the Modi government has "done little" to ensure safety and security of women.
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