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Gogoi moots empowerment

Guwahati, April 25: Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi today urged all women to come forward and participate actively in different fields and empower themselves.

He said dependency only thwarts the process of empowerment.

Gogoi was speaking at the two-day North East Mahila Congress Convention that concluded here today.

The convention was organised by the Assam Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee.

Assam minister for cultural affairs Pranati Phukan, All India Mahila Congress president Anita Verma and Union minister of state for tribal affairs Ranee Narah were also present at the convention.

Referring to the instances of rape and sexual assault that have come to light in the state and in different parts of the country recently, Gogoi said strict action would be taken against any person found guilty of crimes.

“Today women no longer lag behind men and have proved their mettle in different fields. In fact, it is a matter of pride that many women are the bread earners of their families. It is the duty of society to respect the girl child and provide her with every opportunity for a good education so that she can excel in life. Parents, too, should not differentiate between their sons and daughters,” Gogoi said.

“We are also trying to implement different health schemes and bring down the maternal mortality rate and infant mortality rate in the state,” he added.

Applauding the Assam government for introducing a group of especially trained women in the state, Verma said, “The especially trained Viranganas will do a good job to check harassment and other forms of assault on women. Parents should also stay away from sex determination tests of an unborn child to prevent female foeticide. The Assam government should introduce a helpline where a woman can call for help in any form of distress.”