Bathinda: On Thursday, Mahila Congress organised a meeting in Seth Bhanamal Dharamshala in Bathinda Urban. Mahila Congress president Mamta Dutta was present at the event where more than 200 women participated. During this event Balraj Nagar president Harpal Kaur, who was working with Akali Dal since last seven-eight years joined Congress along with other women, namely Darshana Devi, Jaspal Kaur and Rashpal Kaur. They alleged that faced with consistent threats of fake FIRs by their own party, they decided to leave Akali Dal and join Congress. During the event, important issues related to women safety were discussed during the event and it was said that the condition of women has deteriorated during the rule of Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP government in the last nine-and-a-half years. According to statistics, every day in Punjab, four women are molested, four women are harassed on the pretext of dowry and two rape cases are registered. They also raised the issue that Bathinda is among the worst affected districts in drug abuse due to which women and their families are being affected a lot. According to government data released in 2014, on an average 4,000 new drug addicts registered themselves every month for de-addiction treatment in Bathinda district.
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