Women corporators ‘walk out’ during PMC discussion on women’s security

Women corporators, who comprise 50 per cent of the strength of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Friday came in for criticism from Mayor Vaishali Bankar for leaving before completion of on security of women in the city.

Elected representatives of the PMC while condemning the recent gangrape incident in Delhi, expressed concern over women feeling insecure in the city. The issue was raised by Congress corporator Kamal Vyavhare.

Many corporators spoke on the issue and expressed concern over the state of security of women in city. However, by the end of the discussion there were hardly 30 of the 157 corporators present in the House and of them only four were women.

Concluding the discussion, Mayor Bankar said the discussion was on a sensitive issue related to women but unfortunately most of women corporators left midway. "There are 50 per cent women in the House. They should have listened to speeches by other corporators instead of leaving after delivering their own speeches," she said.

The Mayor said a meeting with police commissioner would be held to raise the issue of security of women in the city and she would like women corporators attending in large numbers.

Earlier, MNS urged the civic administration to increase vigil in civic gardens and subways. "The civic gardens and subways are misused by many and couples are found behaving in a wrong manner in public places," he said adding that security personnel are unable to keep a check on "wrong things" taking place in the civic area.

In the city improvement committee, the civic administration was directed to undertake a drive to take action against beggars who occupy streets and footpaths. Chairman Chetan Tupe said that the number of beggars on city streets have increased and they live on the footpaths.

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