New Delhi, May 5 (UNI) Union Steel and Mines Minister Ram Vilas Paswan today stressed the need for equal rights and opportunities for women in the country and said stringent provisions in the law are required to check crime against them.
''Crime against women like dowry, sexual assault, violence at work place and female foeticide are on the rise. Apart from it, they are even denied employment opportunities," Mr Paswan said while addressing the two-day national convention on 'Legislative Coordination and Action on Women's Issues' organised by the Centre for Social Research (CSR) and Women Power Connect (WPC).
He said of the 19 bills related to women, the Government has already accepted and implemented three -- Employement Guarantee Act, Domestic Violence Act and Law related to inheritance.
''The bill for 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and state assemblies is being worked out,'' he added.
Mr Paswan said discrimination against girl child begins at home, particularly in rural India.
''Sons are given preference for education, food and other activities while a girl is considered to be a burden,'' he added.
The Minister stressed the need to check female foeticide, particularly in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan where it is high and called for stringent action against doctors involved in it.
More than 300 women group leaders and activists from various parts of the country are attended the Convention to discuss several issues relating to social, economic and political empowerment of women.
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