Centre to enact new law to prevent 'sale' of women

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Chennai, Jan 10 (UNI) Union Minister for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhary today said the Centre would enact a separate law to protect women being illegally ''sold'' to other countries.

Talking to newspersons at the airport here, she said ''women should be provided every opportunity to contribute to the development of the society and given due space to grow on par with men.'' ''The Centre is also keen on introducing the proposed 33 per cent Women Reservation Bill and the discussion is on with the allies in this regard,'' she added.

Asked about two young women, who were assaulted and molested by a mob of more than 50 male revellers outside a luxury hotel in Juhu on New Year's eve, she said ''it is a very unfortunate incident and the Centre will take adequate steps to control such kind of incidents in the future.'' Ms Renuka said in the 11th five-year-plan, the Centre had chalked out many women empowerment schemes.

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