Kalki Koechlin's Womanifesto for general elections 2014
Congress has released its poll manifesto while BJP and AAP are yet to come out with theirs. Actor Kalki Koechlin has some women-specific suggestions for the political parties, given the importance crime against women as an issue will have in the Lok Sabha polls.entertainment Updated: Mar 27, 2014 16:53 IST
1.Educate for equality: Bring in better public education system.
2.Make laws accountable: Each department involved in delivering justice should have clearly stated action plan for the same.
3.Put women in power: Support Women's Reservation Bill and disqualify anyone who has committed a crime of gender discrimination.
4.Police for the people: Zero tolerance for moral policing and ensure a comprehensive response protocol for the police.
5.Quick delivery of justice: Bring in laws and ensure their implementation to punish the criminals of gender discrimination.
6.Financial stability: Ensure secure, dignified and remunerative employment for women.
Women's safety and rights on parties' manifesto
While BJP and AAP, two of the three major parties in the country, are yet to announce their manifesto for the general elections, Congress's manifesto is out.
It says, "Our top priority will be the Women's Reservation Bill and strict implementation of the Child Labour and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Acts. One-stop crisis centres for women will be set up in all hospitals. We will ensure all police stations have at least 25% women staffers. We will pass a Citizens' Charter for Women's Safety."
Arvind Kejriwal's AAP's manifesto for Delhi polls said, "Citizens' Security Forces would be formed with a branch in each ward who would provide security to anyone in distress, but with special focus on security of women, children and senior citizens."
It also promised fast-track courts which will hear cases of crime against women on priority, implementation of Verma Committee recommendations and ensuring lighting and security provisions on roads, parks, buses and all public spaces.
Interestingly, the Womanifesto mentions twice that "Arvind Kejriwal's AAP has already included these suggestions in their manifesto for the polls."