Tami Nadu is witnessing a never seen before movement by women protesters. Chief Minister, Edappadi Palaniswami, recently contended that mass participation by women and children in mobilizing the ban on TASMAC liquor shops has become a new “fashion” in the state.
The chief minister’s statement came at the time when the assembly discussed the demands for grants for the home department. Congress legislature party leader K R Ramasamy accused the government of not solving issues related to protests against opening and functioning of TASMAC shops. He also made accusations on the police for acting insensitive to women and children, who are a part of the protest. He further cited that the Tirupur incidence of a policeman slapping a woman participant was unacceptable.
“I have already explained the Tirupur incident in detail. It has become a fashion for protesters to involve women and children. Police are doing their duty,” said Palaniswami, according to a report.
As per another report, it is not only in Tirupur that police have been involved in malpractices against civilians. A few days back, the police resorted to lathi charge when protesters in Kathiramangalam refused to let officials work on a leaking ONGC pipeline unless they were assured that the oil from the leak would not damage their fields and groundwater supplies.
This is not the first time the country has witnessed mass participation by women in Tami Nadu. Remember how the 2012 gang rape in Delhi became one of the most relevant movements in the history of the country, comprising mostly women?In April, after images of women protesters in Kashmir shook the nation, the Union Government decided to form all-woman battalions of reserve police in Kashmir to suppress them.
Women have remained an important element in the formation of the democracy, however, for a long time now, governments have been making efforts to suppress them, without listening to their demands and taking the necessary actions.