New Delhi, Dec 8: Union Minister of textiles, Smriti Irani said here on Friday that women empowerment, rights and freedom cannot be discussed in fragments.
Speaking during the ‘Women Empowerment and Vote Bank’ session organised by Dainik Jagran on its 75th anniversary, Mrs Irani said that women empowerment was not a dress code but a state of mind.
'The empowerment of women encompasses the upliftment of the entire family. In fact, all those families are socially uplifted who empower their women,' she said.
Speaking on the issue of women being used as a vote bank she said, “Women have never been seen as a vote bank” She said that 55 pc female voted in 2009 and more than 65 pc cast their vote during 2014 general elections. Referring to the Sabarimala temple, the minister refrained from commenting on the Supreme Court’s decision but said that it is not just the women who are denied entry but even the men are required to follow a particular dress code to enter the temple, adding that she herself is not allowed to sit in Parsi ritual of her own children as she is a Hindu.
Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of Triple Talaq, the minister said that the PM provided justice and dignity to the oppressed women of this nation. Mrs Irani also debunked the claims that menace of female foeticide is only prevalent in villages or middle class families.
“People would be surprised to know the rising trends of female foeticide in South Mumbai” she said. “If only education and political understanding was sufficient, there would have been no discrimination against the women” she added.
She said that laws can be made but moral values are inculcated in a society. Speaking on the Ram temple issue, she said that many people in this country are not with BJP but are certainly attached to Ram. (UNI)