Jaipur: Stressing on the significance of girls empowerment for nation-building, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday mentioned the customized of ‘ghoonghat’ should be eradicated on the earliest.
Expressing displeasure on the observe of overlaying girls’s faces with a ‘ghoonghat’ or veil in some rural areas, Gehlot mentioned the customized belongs to a bygone period.
“Time has changed now but the practice of ‘ghoonghat’ is still there in villages. What is right in confining a woman to ‘ghoonghat’? Women cannot progress till the ‘ghoonghat’ exists,” he mentioned at a programme in Jaipur organised by an NGO.
Gehlot mentioned girls will have the ability to come ahead and play a constructive position in nation-building solely when they aren’t pressured to cowl their faces.
“Women are empowered. They have the capacity to bring changes in society and their role is very crucial,” he mentioned.
“You (women) move forward with strength, the state government is with you,” he mentioned.
Gehlot additionally emphasised the significance of utterly eradicating the observe of kid marriages, saying it destroys the lives of kids.
The chief minister mentioned his authorities is critical about crime in opposition to girls and due to this fact determined earlier this yr to depute a senior police officer on the district degree to observe circumstances of crime in opposition to girls.
“The officer will look after all such cases and will ensure that justice is done,” he mentioned.
Gehlot additionally mentioned that whereas the state authorities has been offering self-defence coaching to high school women, he has now directed officers to increase the programme to all women prepared to hitch it.
He additionally highlighted schemes and programmes of his authorities and launched a ebook primarily based on girls’s struggles.
State Ladies and Youngster Improvement Minister Mamta Bhupesh was current on the occasion.