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Women can protect themselves if they have rights: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi today sought the views of women from diverse groups for the Congress manifesto and said empowering the fair sex is a "big battle" that the party will have to fight and
PTI January 21, 2014 10:40 IST
PTI
New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi today sought the views of women from diverse groups for the Congress manifesto and said empowering the fair sex is a "big battle" that the party will have to fight and win.

The Congress Vice-President, who will lead the party's campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, also made a strong pitch for early passage of the contentious Women's Reservation Bill.

Gandhi vowed to work towards having "maximum possible" women in leadership positions and injected a personal note, recalling that his 'dadi' (grandmother) Indira Gandhi was the "boss" in the Gandhi household.

He was interacting with around 250 women from across the country as part of Congress' exercise of seeking direct inputs from stakeholders for its poll manifesto.

As the assembled women put forth their views freely and frankly to him- at times critical and demanding specific solutions- Gandhi said the Congress will like to incorporate them in its poll document.

Anganwadi workers, sex workers, marginalised women, social activists, transgenders and members of Gulabi Gang, a group of women vigilantes and activists originally from Bundelkhand, were among other groups who gave suggestions at the meet organised by All India Mahila Congress.