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Telangana CM’s daughter urges women to present helmets to brothers on Rakhi

Kalvakuntla Kavitha, who is also an MP, launches an online campaign to create awareness on road safety.

india Updated: Jul 25, 2017 16:31 IST
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
Telangana CM,K Chandrasekhar Rao,Telangana Rashtra Samithi
According to one estimate about 1,374 accidents and 400 deaths take place every day on Indian roads. (HT File Photo for representational purpose )

To create awareness about road safety, Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter Kalvakuntla Kavitha has launched an online campaign, urging women to present helmets to their brothers during the upcoming Raksha Bandhan festival.

On Raksha Bandhan, a sister ties a rakhi (sacred threat) on the wrist of her brother, praying for his long life, prosperity and happiness.

This year the festival will be celebrated on August 7.

“Every day about 400 people die in two-wheeler accidents across the country because they don’t wear helmets,” Kavitha, who is also a ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi MP from the state’s Nizamabad, said in a statement. “Let us join hands for our brothers’ safety. Set a new trend this Rakhi: Gift your brother a helmet,” she appealed.

Amongst the vehicle categories, two-wheelers accounted for the highest share (28.8%) in total road accidents in the country in 2015, according to the latest report on the issue, released by the road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari last year.

The analysis of the data compiled by the transport research wing of the ministry revealed that about 1,374 accidents and 400 deaths take place every day on Indian roads.

Kavitha kick-started the online campaign titled “Sisters4Change” on the occasion of birthday of her brother and state’s IT minister K T Rama Rao on Monday through Twitter and Facebook.

“Anguished by the number of 2-wheeler accidents, I would like to make a serious effort 2 save some lives. Join me #Sisters4Change #GiftAHelmet,” she tweeted.

She said she was initiating the campaign on her brother’s birthday for the safety of the brothers across India. “Happy birthday Annayya (brother)”, she said in her tweet late on Monday.

Within hours of Kavitha launching the campaign, it has received tremendous response from all sections of people.

Appreciating the effort of his 39-year-old sister, KTR retweeted: “Safety of brothers across India! Now, that sounds interesting!”

Ace badminton players Jwala Gutta and Saina Nehwal, also, expressed their support to the MP’s campaign #Sisters4Change. “Great Idea @RaoKavitha #Sisters4Change #GiftAHelmet,” Jwala tweeted.

Kavitha said Telangana Jagruthi, a social organisation led by her, would further take forward the campaign across the country.

“It’s the need of the hour to safeguard our brothers and rewrite the tradition by gifting them a helmet this Rakhi, as the numbers of deaths in two-wheeler accidents are much higher than in the terrorist attacks,” she said.

First Published: Jul 25, 2017 15:43 IST