A two-day 'Women Youth Parliament' organised under the aegis of Haryana Vidhan Sabha, began at Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya (BPSMV), Khanpur Kalan, in Sonepat district on Wednesday.
More than 250 girls studying in Sirsa's Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sonepat's Murthal University, Hisar's Guru Jambeshwar University and the host university participated in the event, inaugurated by Haryana State Council for Child Welfare vice-president Asha Hooda.
Asha, who was also the chief guest on the occasion, said the nation would progress fast with women empowerment through education, as an educated girl is the corner stone of any civilised society. "Society cannot exist if girls are eliminated," she added.
Urging people to stop female foeticide and establish a society without gender discrimination, Asha, wife of Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, said women must realise their potential and power and girls should be given proper education so that they could empower themselves. She urged them to become "angels of change".
Commending the efforts being made by the BPSMV university for fulfilling the dreams of social reformer Bhagat Phool Singh, after whom the institution has been named, and his daughter Subhashini Devi, she said Singh was a saint who had devoted himself to the education of girls and established a gurukul with only three girls at Khanpur. After his death, his daughter had continued his mission and established a number of educational institutions.
BPSMV vice-chancellor Pankaj Mittal said the university had taken up several initiatives to improve the sex ratio in the surrounding villages.
Issues of amendments in laws related to rape and sexual assault, human trafficking and domestic violence; reservation for women in admission, employment, Parliament and state assemblies; and amendments in the Hindu Marriage Act as proposed by khap panchayats to prevent marriages in the same gotra or village, are scheduled to be discussed in the youth parliament.
Vidhan Sabha speaker Kuldeep Sharma and National Law University vice-chancellor Ranbir Singh attended the event.