New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Friday took up the issue of security and women in the country citing the occasion of International Women's Day. While women MPs demanded more such sessions to bring about strict legislation to deal with crimes against women, CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said the society is to be blamed for the plight of women.
He also blamed the telecast of women as objects and cited the example of IPL cheerleaders. Dasgupta said the government must stop the telecast of programmes depicting women as objects. He also said that he agreed that the Indian society was a male dominated society and this had to change.
Earlier during the debate, Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj said, "Discussing women's issues in the House and then forgetting them has become a trend." Sushma Swaraj also quoted newspapers in the House highlighting the plight of women in the country.
Congress leader Girija Vyas called for unity in Parliament to form a strong legislation to deal with crimes against women. Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur requested the Speaker to hold special days to discuss women centric issues more often in the Lok Sabha. "There is no fear of committing crimes against women, there is no fear of the law," she said.
JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav welcomed the suggestions given by the Leader of the Opposition and agreed that there should be dedicated discussions on women issues in the House more often. He said the society is to be blamed for the plight of women in the country.
Jammu and Kashmir National Conference leader called for removal of AFSPA saying men in uniform often get away with crimes against women.