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AP Women’s Commission Chairperson Vasireddy Padma has said that Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan is yet to respond to the notice issued to him for making inappropriate comments against volunteers, and made it clear that the commission will not tolerate any form of insult to women and will take strict action.

In observance of ‘Women Dignity Day’, a programme held at the AP Secretariat in Velagapudi on Friday, female officers and employees of the Secretariat showed their support by signing a pledge in favour of Women Dignity Day. Padma called upon everyone to unite and observe Women’s Dignity Day every Friday.

She highlighted the State government’s strong focus on women’s empowerment and the introduction of various schemes dedicated to women’s welfare. Padma also mentioned the Disha app, which the government has implemented to enhance the safety of women. She expressed her concern over the prevalence of trolling on social media platforms, targeting not only the family members of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Telugu Desam Chief Nara Chandrababu, and Jana Sena Chief K Pawan Kalyan, but also women in general. Padma emphasised that such attacks on women on social media have increased regardless of their association with the CM’s family, MLAs, or MLCs.

The Women’s Commission Chairperson specifically addressed Pawan Kalyan’s objectionable comments about women. She questioned Kalyan’s claim of 18,000 missing girls in AP, asking for evidence to support his statement. Padma criticised Kalyan for making such baseless allegations, highlighting that notices have been issued regarding his statements. She further expressed that as the leader of a political party, Pawan Kalyan should refrain from defaming the character of women.

Padma also pointed out that Pawan Kalyan has shown a lack of respect towards the Women’s Commission, comparing the situation to the Central and Telangana governments where the Commission is regarded with respect. She questioned whether the mistakes made by a few volunteers should lead to the cancellation of the entire system, highlighting that legal action has been taken against those responsible. Padma posed a rhetorical question, asking if Jana Sena activists continue to troll the Women’s Commission, would Kalyan take responsibility and disband the Jana Sena party.

During the program, Vasireddy Padma was honoured by the Secretariat employees. Women’s Commission members Vineetha and Gajjala Lakshmi, as well as leaders of the Secretariat Women’s Union Sulochana, Susmita, Sunitha, and others, also participated in the event.

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