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NCP’s women’s cell plans awareness drive on welfare laws

Rashtrawadi Yuvati Congress (RYC), the young women’s wing of the Nationalist Congress Party, has chalked out an outreach campaign which is aimed at generating awareness about the laws on welfare and security of women and the girl child.

“There are several laws for the welfare and security of women and the girl child, but there is no awareness regarding that among the general public. We have chalked out a plan for visiting schools, colleges to interact with parents, teachers and students. We will also perform street plays in public places,” Aditi Nalwade, Mumbai coordinator of the cell that comprises women members in the age group of 18 to 35, said here today.

The RYC, headed by Baramati MP Supriya Sule–the daughter of party chief Sharad Pawar–has seven division-wise heads for Vidarbha, Western Maharashtra, North Maharashtra, Konkan and Mumbai followed by district coordinators.

Marathwada has two coordinators in Aurangabad and Latur because there are more members of RYC in the region, she said.

The year-long programme is to mark the 75th birthday of Pawar, which falls on December 12 next year.

“Our target reach will be schools and colleges where our members who are psychologists, lawyers will interact with students, teachers and parents on the issue,” she said, adding the Yuvati cell will also deliberate on expectations of people from the newly-formed state government on implementation of laws concerning welfare and security of women and the girl child.

“We will finalise this proposal with our convenor Supriya Sule and then seek approval of the parent party,” she said.

Referring to the rape of a woman travelling in a taxi she had hired through Uber in Delhi recently, allegedly by its driver, Nalwade said that instead of banning taxis, the RYC is planning to sensitise taxi drivers by taking taxi unions into confidence.

“We can paste stickers giving police helpline numbers with messages like protecting women passengers is protecting our culture on the vehicles,” she said, adding that nothing has been finalised yet.

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