New Delhi, March 9 -- The brutal gang rape and death of a Delhi girl fresh on their minds, women members gave precedence to women's safety over the women reservation bill in Parliament on Friday.
Cutting across the party lines, women MPs demanded stringent laws and machinery in place to curb the violence against women.
Initiating the discussion in Lok Sabha, Speaker Meira Kumar called for a change in the mindset of men to remove the evil of violence on women from the society.
Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj said women remain unsafe before and after birth, falling victims to female foeticide and rape.
Women and child development minister Krishna Tirath said "the fact of No Girl, No World" should be impressed upon the male-dominated society.
Rajya Sabha dispensed with the Question Hour to allow members speak on the occasion of women's day.
Voicing concern over female foeticides, house chairman Hamid Ansari said gender equality remains a distant dream. Jaya Bachchan of SP said there could be no celebration of the day unless the societal mindset changes towards women.
However, members from CPI (M) and DMK in Lok Sabha made a strong plea to pass the women reservation bill.
Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.