Andhra Pradesh Youth Congress, under the leadership of Dr Challa Vamsichand Reddy, took a pledge to protect the dignity and self-respect of women on International Women’s Day. Forming a human chain on Necklace Road this morning, the Youth Congress leaders repeated the oath administered to them by home minister Sabita Indra Reddy. The oath taking was conducted at the foot of the statue of Indira Gandhi, whom the Youth Congress leaders termed the “symbol of woman power.”
“We, the Congress workers, pledge to protect the dignity of women,” the oath read. They also rededicated themselves to the protection of the unity and integrity of the country, and condemned atrocities against women. The YC president said AP Youth Congress would keep an unblemished record in this regard and would not tolerate ill-treatment of women by anyone, however powerful they may be. The oath taking was organised throughout the State. All district headquarters held it, leaders said. Later, addressing the media, Sabita Reddy said women reception centres would be set up in 1,600 police stations in the State. The reception counter will be manned by a policewoman and it will take care of complainants from women who come to the station. “The government will do everything possible to protect the interests of women,” the minister said. Interestingly, there were only two women Youth Congress workers among around 200 participants.