We are celebrating our 72nd Independence Day today. Like every year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort. This was his fifth speech after the BJP-led NDA came to power in 2014. The PM had recently sought ideas from people for his speech. He mentioned a few key comments on women and here they are:
1. Lauded women’s achievements in distinctive fields
PM, while addressing the nation, praised the six women officers of the Indian Navy who circumnavigated the globe recently on INSV Tarini. He proudly spoke about the three women judges in the Supreme Court right now. Also, he pointed out how this is the first cabinet to have more number of women after independence.
“We are proudly celebrating Independence Day today as six women officers of the Indian Navy, circumnavigated the globe recently,” he said.
2. On triple talaq
Speaking on triple talaq, the he said, “The practice of triple talaq has caused great injustice among Muslim women. We are trying to end this practice but there are some people who are not wanting it to end. I ensure the Muslim women that I will work to ensure justice is done to them.” He ensured development of Muslim women, daughters. He also condemned Triple Talaq and assured the fight for it till last.
The practice of Triple Talaq has caused great injustice among Muslim women. We are trying to end this practice but there are some people who are not wanting it to end.
I ensure the Muslim women that I will work to ensure justice is done to them: PM @narendramodi
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 15, 2018
3. Justice for women
Referring to fast-track court proceedings in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan for rape cases, he spoke of freeing the country from the mentality of rape. “In Madhya Pradesh, rapists were given death penalty within 5 days,” he said. He urged families to raise people and men especially with the thoughts of respecting women and being graceful to them. He said, “We need to overpower the forces that hinder the growth of women. For us, the law of the land is supreme.”
4. Women officers to get permanent commissions in defence forces
Stressing on women’s empowerment, he said his government has decided that women officers in the armed forces will now be given rights and options to take up permanent commission like their male counterparts.
“Today women have entered security forces through the Permanent Commission for Women. Women will now be able to strengthen India along with their male counterparts. However, there are some hurdles in women empowerment. Legal framework is working to help women.”
I want to give a good news to my brave daughters; Women officers in armed forces would get permanent commission through a transparent selection process by Short Service Commission: PM @narendramodi #IndependenceDayIndia @adgpi @nsitharaman pic.twitter.com/V3hwAdpYpE
— PIB India (@PIB_India) August 15, 2018
He announced that women officers, who have been selected through the Short Service Commission in the defence forces, will be bestowed with all the rights just like their male counterparts.
"Women officers commissioned in short service will get the opportunity for a permanent commission like their male counterparts."
— रक्षा मंत्री कार्यालय/ RMO India (@DefenceMinIndia) August 15, 2018
The PM also spoke of the hurdles that have been occurring in the path of women empowerment. In his speech, he assured that legal framework is working to help get rid of these hurdles.
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With inputs from Dolly Bharadwaj.