Youngsters can do a lot to wipe out social evils from society: Bhattal

  • Rameshinder Singh Sandhu, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jan 12, 2015 15:55 IST

The government on its own cannot fight all social issues including female feoticide, dowry, drugs and lot more if society, especially the youngsters do not take initiatives at their level to fight such issues that are a hindrance in the progress of our society.

Former Punjab CM and a senior Congress leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal stated this while addressing the large gathering at the 21st annual Lohri Mela organised by Malwa Sabyacharack Manch (MSM) at Dana Mandi on Sunday.

As she opened her speech, she congratulated the organisers for the mela, and threw light on the status of women from the historical days and how with advancing time, her status changed with changes in mindset of the society.

She said, “The worst torture for women was during the days of Sati system where if husband of any woman died, she was cremated along with her husband.”

“After culmination of this system, came the time when widow woman was made to suffer in many heinous ways followed by many indifferences that they tolerated. There was a time when even education for women was like committing a crime and sadly, still in some rural parts of our country some families feel painful to see the birth of a girl child,” lamented Bhattal.

She stressed that these days dowry has become a new torture for women.

For ending this evil from the society parents and girls themselves should turn audacious and sensible by avoiding getting married into a family where dowry is a a tradition, she added.

“Everyone must keep in mind that girls today are no less than boys in any field and in fact there are many examples. In the year 1996, when I became chief minister of Punjab for many it was a shock but to prove that women are not less than anyone, I appointed many women as SSP’s and DC’s during my stint. They did much better job than the previous officers. Let us take inspiration from names like Amrita Shergil, Amrita Pritam and Aishwarya Rai Bachan,” she said. She appealed to the younger generation to contribute to the society.

On being asked to comment on the differences of captain Amarinder Singh and Partap Singh Bajwa, she said personal differences could pop up in any political party, but what was not right was to expose every difference in the media.

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