The Punjab government had failing in its duty of providing women with adequate security, Anita Babbar, general secretary of the All-India Mahila Congress, said here on Tuesday
She was in the city to address the district workers of her party. "Women do not expect any respect from the Punjab government," said Babbar. "Goons protected by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) are molesting women all over Punjab."
She called upon women to stand up to the challenge collectively. The leader also asked for women's reservation in Parliament and the assembly. She asked the party's district workers to prepare for the next Lok Sabha elections.
Malti Thapar, president of the Punjab Mahila Congress, chose to attack the chief minister. "By contesting the Congress charges as untrue, the CM has escaped his responsibility of protecting the life and property of the people of Punjab, particularly women," she said. "Woman are scared of stepping out of house, all because of organised crime under Akali patronage."
Referring to the performance of film star Katrina Kaif at the closing ceremony of the kabaddi world cup, she said it was not apt for the chief minister to watch women dancers in skimpy costumes. "Punjab's history is written by women such as Mata Gujari and Mai Bhaggo, not film dancers," she said. "If is the idea is moral education of the youth, the government should honour truly great women."
Senior leaders of the party, including Pinky Bhatia, Mandeep Kaur, Kusam Sharma, and Usha Malhotra, were present.