Silent on the BBC documentary ban, Modi speaks out on women’s day
GN Bureau | March 9, 2015
Prime minister Narendra Modi, who had kept silent on the entire controversy over the BBC documentary on the December 16 gangrape, has said, “Our heads hang in shame when we hear of instances of crime against women” and announced that the government is setting up 'one-stop-centres' besides a helpline for those facing violence, abuse or harassment.
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The occasion for his message was the International Women’s Day, March 08.
“We must walk shoulder to shoulder to end all forms of discrimination or injustice against women. The government is setting up one-stop-centres that will provide assistance, legal advice and psychological counselling to women who face violence or abuse.
“The government is also commencing a mobile helpline to enable women to dial 181 for access to counselling and referral services,” he said.
“I salute the indomitable courage and stellar achievements of women. Today, we renew our pledge to make women an equal and integral part of our development journey. My government has initiated several measures aimed at bringing about a positive change in the lives of women. That is central to our vision of India’s progress and a life of dignity and opportunity for all our citizens,” he said.
According to the prime minister, the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ programme seeks a paradigm shift in attitudes towards the girl child and places emphasis on educating the girl child. He also praised the Sukanya Samruddhi programme and the MUDRA bank initiative, stating that these will support women achieve financial independence.
He also mentioned that social security schemes such as the PM Suraksha Bima Yojana, PM Jeevan Bima Yojana and Atal Pension Yojana will benefit women in a big way.
“I seek the support of one and all, in transforming our vision into reality,” the prime minister said.
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