As #MeToo rages, VP Naidu calls for em­pow­er­ing women

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION - Ra­jeev.Mani@ times­

Al­la­habad: Amid the rag­ing #MeToo move­ment across the coun­try, vi­cepres­i­dent Venka­iah Naidu on Satur­day rooted for more em­pow­er­ment of women and also backed 33% reser­va­tion for them.

“We al­ways raise the slo­gan, ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’ and not ‘Bharat pitah ki jai’. All rivers have fe­male names and so are names of god­dess which come be­fore their male coun­ter­parts... ,” said Naidu at a func­tion held at the In­dian In­sti­tute of In­for­ma­tion and Tech­nol­ogy (IIITA). He added: “Our god­desses have also been given im­por­tant re­spon­si­bil­i­ties... Mata Saraswati was per­haps the ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter, Lak­shmi the fi­nance min­is­ter and Durga the de­fence min­is­ter who would kill demons.”

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