Female foeticide a heinous crime: Vikar

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JAMMU- Minister for Social Welfare Ms. Sakina Itoo today emphasized upon women in particular to come forward and work unitedly to secure their rights for socio-economic empowerment.

            The Minister was addressing an impressive function organised in connection with International Women Day at Government Women College Parade, here today. The functional was organized by J&K State Women Development Corporation, in collaboration with Centre for Women Studies, GWC Parade.

            Minister of State for social welfare Mr Vikar Rasool, besides  Principal, GWC, Parade Dr. Hemla Aggarwal , staff and a large number of students also attended the function.

            Ms Sakina said that the government had launched several schemes for making women folk economically self reliant and to give them due place in the society. She further said that women have achieved success in every walk of life and it is the responsibility of every citizen to contribute significantly towards their empowerment.

            Stressing on providing education to each and every girl child, the Minister said that the education was the only tool to ensure women empowerment.

Reiterating the government’s resolve to   improve  socio-economic condition of women, the Minister said that the mindset of the society in general and women in particular needs to be changed by organizing awareness camps, symposia and debates to generate a strong public opinion  on the issue.

            Minister of State for Social Welfare, Vikar Rasool, in his addressed, said that the International Women Day reminds society its duties towards   women folk . He said that prevalence of crimes like female foeticide and dowry deaths reflect  the plight of the women in the society. He  said that it was the need of the hour to curb such evils for which there was a need of  joint efforts of government and social organizations adding that the menace of  female foeticide has become a threat to very existence of the human kind.

            Listing  great women of the country, Mr. Vikar said that India is proud of women like late Smt. Indira Gandhi, former President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devi Singh Patil and UPA, Chairperson, Smt. Sonia Gandhi who have contributed a lot towards the betterment of the Country particularly in boosting the morale of women of the sub continent.

            Several groups of SHG’s and students of Home Science presented an impressive cultural programme on the occasion highlighting various issues of women. The audience were enthralled by the presentation which won great appreciation.

            Earlier, the Managing Director, WDC, Dr. Naheed Soz, in her welcome address, highlighted various activities and achievements registered by WDC during last financial year. She laid referred to the newly tapped market of Prasad Jute Bags of SMVD and said that the activity has immensely contributed towards upliftment of women who established their income generating units. Secretary, JKWDC, Mr. R. K. Katoch presented vote of thanks on the occasion.

            Later, the Minister also distributed cheques to the tune of Rs. 91.30 lakh among 78 women beneficiaries. A sale cum exhibition of products prepared by SHGs assisted by WDC was also inaugurated. The  loan sanction letters were also distributed among 48 women beneficiaries amounting to Rs. 75 lakh.

            The function was among others attended by Prof. Sarla Kohli, Director Social Welfare, Jammu, Regional Director, Rehabilitation Centre, Mrs. Hafiza Muzaffar, Managing Director, ST/SC, Prof. Nidhi,

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