Not Surgical Strike or Ram Mandir, Most Important Issue for Women is Basic Freedoms: Professional Shooter Manu Bhaker
Bhaker is the youngest Indian to win a gold medal at the ISSF World Cup.
Manu Bhaker, Indian shooter who won a gold medal at the age of 16 at the 2018 Commonwealth games, has spoken about the neglect of women’s issues in the 2019 election. She also went on to win two gold medals at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup in 2018, becoming the youngest Indian ever to do so.
In an exclusive interview with Dainik Bhaskar, she said that Ram Mandir, surgical strike may be issues for urban women, but for women in rural areas, the basic freedom to live is paramount.
She said that she hails from a backward village in Haryana’s Jhajjar district, where women care more about enjoying basic freedoms in their houses and in their daily lives.
The 17-year-old shooter said that in India politics, poor representation of women is directly linked to the freedom to live. She says that only women who enjoy such freedoms can express political will.
Bhaker told Dainik Bhaskar that the government should provide counselling to parents, in order to facilitate the advancement of women.
While she would not be able to vote in this election as she is yet to complete 18 years of age, she stressed that political candidates should belong to the constituency they seek to represent, and should have a clean image.