With Lok Sabha polls round the corner, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and khap panchayats have separately announced to form a women's cell in each district of Haryana.
While the rookie party has decided to name its women's organisation as Rani Luxmi Bai Brigade, khaps are yet to give their body an official name. Santosh Dahiya, national president of Sarv Jat Khap Mahapanchayat and a professor at Kurukshetra University, said they were in the process of setting up a women's cell in each district and efforts were being made to strengthen the existing structure.
On its need, Dahiya said women were neglected and repressed by the country's male-dominated society. "If she gets voice in form of representations at panchayat, block and district level, their problems can be countered," Dahiya said, while adding that women could play a decisive role in curbing female foeticide, domestic violence and honour killings.
For AAP, party national executive convener Navin Jaihind said AAP had started the process of creating a women's cell to maximise their representation in party affairs. He said that though it was yet to make a formal announcement, enthusiasm displayed by women in becoming party members had forced AAP to work on this idea. He said the women's cell would be created in every district and it would be named after freedom fighter Rani Luxmi Bai.