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Tanbir Dhaliwal,Chandigarh: They were always there working for their parties, but it is only in the last two years that main parties have started
recognising the woman quotient in student politics of Panjab University where they comprise close to 70%.
Two years ago, Students For Society (SFS) had fielded a girl, Amandeep Kaur, for president’s post. This year, National Students Union of India (NSUI) has become the first main party to declare a woman, Siya Minocha, as its presidential candidate for the Panjab University Campus Student Council elections.Many other women candidates are also contesting, seeking to break stereotypes. They are realising that they cannot be just voters all the time.
Siya has finished her 5-year-law course and is now enrolled in LLM first year with the University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS). She has been actively associated with the student politics since 2011.
When asked if the role of women in PU elections has changed, she said, “It has definitely changed. Earlier everybody used to take us as voters and not as leaders who could get votes for the party. I think this attitude has changed and we (NSUI) are the leaders in changing this perception.”
“Somewhere, male ego has to be suppressed. I am not trying to be feminist but it is important when we see the whole scenario.”
But she is also facing a tough time. “Rumours are being spread; people are saying things about my character, they are bad mouthing me, and unfortunately, all this is being done by girls.”
“It is a risk that I am taking,” she said. “I believe girls will see their representative in me to raise their issues. We will grow together,” says Siya.
Jyoti Ahlawat, who is contesting for the post of general secretary from NSUI alliance, said earlier girls were only used as posers in the elections and were never given important roles in elections.