Maharashtra government to soon setup LGBTQ+ board: NCP MP Supriya Sule

Sule spoke on the panel discussion titled ‘Women in India: The Fight Still Continues’ and stated that in today’s time the female foeticide is more prominent in urban areas than rural ones.

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In a Harvard US-India Initiative (HUII) which hosted its annual India Conference in Mumbai, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Supriya Sule shares her childhood anecdotes and what she feels about the current situation of women in India. 

Sule spoke on the panel discussion titled ‘Women in India: The Fight Still Continues’ and stated that in today’s time the female foeticide is more prominent in urban areas than rural ones. 

"When I was pregnant and got my first daughter my father congratulated me and when I was pregnant for the second time he said that why do you need a second child when you have a daughter already?”

"This was years back, however, in today’s time I have seen that female foeticide is more prominent in urban areas than rural areas. Even my educated friends want only one child that too a boy. That’s when I realised that it’s all about being empowered than being educated,” the Lok Sabha MP said.

While speaking on the reservation for women, Sule stated that the reservation has helped women to come out but there’s still a long way to go. 

"When the #MeToo movement started I was very glad that women are coming out and talking about their experiences. The legislation is not what we do in parliament but it is in how we interact with people” said Sule.

Comparing India and the United States, the Lok Sabha MP asserted that India had a great woman President, Prime minister and Speaker whereas a developed and progressive county like America still doesn’t have a woman president or any women in a prominent position. 

“We will soon be setting up an LGBTQ+ board in the government for which a meeting will be held on Monday with CM Uddhav Thackeray. Moreover, the main focus of the Maharashtra government will be on the safety of women,” said Sule. 

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