CM Akhilesh Yadav roots for smartphones, but no word on women’s safety
Rights activists condemn Yadav, other SP leaders for ignoring rising crimes against women in the state.noida Updated: Sep 06, 2016 13:25 IST
Women attending chief minister Akhilesh Yadav’s speech at a public meeting on Monday were disappointed after finding no mention of women safety in it.
The Samajwadi Party (SP) leader was addressing a public meeting inaugurating the Ala Hazrat Haj House in Mohan Nagar.
Women rights activists expressed resentment over SP leaders glossing over the spate of crimes against women in the state. While the leaders spoke about recent events, development and technology, there was no mention of the Bulandshahr gangrape case or the recent rape of a 5-year-old in Hapur.
A mother and daughter were gangraped on the National Highway in Bulandshahr on July 29 in front of their family members. The incident drew nationwide attention. On August 6, a 5-year-old girl was raped outside her house in her village in Hapur.
Activists condemned the leaders’ behaviour as unacceptable.
“The CM spoke of development and technology but did not raise any concerns regarding the safety and security of women in the state. Reports of women and little girls getting raped and abducted in Uttar Pradesh have become common. It was astonishing to see no concern from any of the leaders on this matter,” said Usha Thakur, a women’s right activist in Noida.
Women attending the event also protested against the conduct of security personnel outside the Haj House after Akhilesh Yadav’s departure.
“While we were entering the venue, my dupatta was taken away by a woman constable who was frisking us. She said dupattas would be returned to us when we left but later, there was no one to be seen. I had to go home without a dupatta,” said Shivani, a resident of Dasna, who had come to Mohan Nagar to attend the CM’s speech.
The CM announced a scheme to provide smartphones for the poor at the event. However, he added that smartphones will be delivered only if the SP government comes back to power in 2017 Vidhan Sabha elections.
“The world’s largest free laptop distribution scheme was started by us with over 18 lakh laptops distributed and we have kept our promises. Now we promise to distribute free smartphones the same way if we are brought back to power. The Samajwadi Party Smartphone Scheme will be a tool for the public to remain connected with government and be up to date with its schemes and policies,” said Yadav.
In an official statement released by Government of Uttar Pradesh, the online registration of the smartphone scheme will be started in a month. However, the smartphone will only be delivered in the second half of 2017, also the time when the Vidhan Sabha elections will be over.
The beneficiary of the scheme must be 18 years or above on 1 January 2017 and a resident of Uttar Pradesh. The registration process will be online, and the smartphones will be delivered on a first come, first serve basis. Those who work in the private sector and their annual income is less than Rs 2 lakh can apply for the smartphones when the scheme opens next month.