Vij questions rationale behind holding marathon for women safety

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 11, 2015 21:29 IST
Haryana health minister Anil Vij took a dig at Ambala police comissionerate for organising a marathon to spread awareness for women safety and security. (HT Photo)

The Haryana health minister Anil Vij was once again in news on Friday for spitting fire against police functioning; he took a dig at Ambala police comissionerate which had organised a marathon to spread awareness for women safety and security, wondering if “such events are held only to get their photographs published in newspapers’’.

Known for his outbursts in social-media and otherwise, Vij, while interacting with the newspersons here said that he failed to understand how could events like marathons help women get security. Not only this, he went on to say that officials nowadays appeared to have adopted a path of hold events for propaganda instead of finding solutions to the problem and in this case, the police had organised a marathon instead of taking steps for safety and security to the women.

Only, recently he had told Fatehabad SP Sangeeta Kalia to “get out’’ of a grievance meeting after a verbal spat with her over the complaints of rampant sale of liquor and medical intoxicants there. He had embarrassed his government by his remarks and tweets in the past too.

Vij’s remarks were in context of the marathon organised as the concluding event of the 16-day ‘Orange the World Campaign’ to mark the UN International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls, by the commissioner of police Ambala-Panchkula commissionerate, O P Singh.

During the campaign the police started ‘Crisis Text Hotline’ 98154-41091 for women, roped in schools and held discussions, besides holding various events and starting facebook page. The police also unveiled a plan to verify antecedents of autorickshaw, cab and bus owners and drivers so that licences of those committing 3 minor and 1 major accidents could be suspended to make commuting safer for the women.

A senior police officer who did not want to be named however, held that since the police usually had a punitive contact with public, the 16-day campaign was an opportunity to make a non-punitive contact.`` For us people are important. We organised various activities involving women, girls so that they could treat us as friends. And in marathon where hundreds turned up people wore T-shirts carrying 1091-the women helpine number’’, he said.

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