Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Guard Doctor Serves Those Who Serve

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark Porter
U.S. Forces Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2011 - If you had told Tim Cheslock when he was in high school 20 years ago that he someday would be serving in the military in Afghanistan, he would have assumed he'd be in the cockpit of an Air Force jet.
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Army Maj. (Dr.) Tim Cheslock examines a patient at the primary care New Kabul Compound clinic in Afghanistan, where the former physician assistant is serving a primary care physician during the first deployment of his Army National Guard career. U.S. Army photo
But today, Cheslock is serving on the ground in Afghanistan as a doctor and a Pennsylvania Army National Guard major."This certainly isn't where I pictured myself being when I was younger," he said. "I originally thought I would be a pilot. I became involved in the Civil Air Patrol while in junior high and high school. Civil Air Patrol had the opportunity to learn about aviation and so much more. It was my major activity throughout my junior high and high school period.
"I think that had a huge influence on my decision to join the military," he added.
But when he realized his eyesight wasn't good enough to be an Air Force pilot Cheslock said, he moved past that dream and focused on his second interest: medicine.
"I became involved in emergency services and search and rescue through the Hawk Mountain Ranger School," he said. "All of this instilled a sense of pride, dedication and commitment that helped me to where I am today."
Cheslock's search and rescue experience led him to become an emergency medical technician. "I really enjoyed pre-hospital emergency care," he said. "Being able to help in times of crisis and emergencies is very rewarding."
Still, Cheslock said, when the time for college drew near, he wasn't sure that medical school and the 12 years of continuous classes were what he wanted. At the time, he said, the profession of physician assistant was starting to take off and it "seemed like a good fit for me."
He earned his bachelor's degree from King's College. He began work as a physician assistant and continued his education, earning his master's degree in physician assistant studies through the University of Nebraska, but soon he was looking for a new challenge.
After three years of practicing primary care and family medicine and three more in emergency medicine, Cheslock enrolled in medical school, graduating in 2007 from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Back home, Cheslock is an emergency room doctor at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Since deploying in August, he has been primary care physician for New Kabul Compound. Along with four medics, he provides sick-call services and acute care to the more than 1,000 civilians and military personnel assigned here.
"In many ways, what I do here is exactly what I do at home," Cheslock said. "Coming to Afghanistan, I expected a more primitive setting � to be working at a small camp under harsh conditions. But, other than being smaller, the clinic here isn't very different from an emergency room back in the states."
Members of the clinic staff here say it is Cheslock who has made it that way.
"Major Cheslock is an emergency room physician. As such he has a wider array of skills than other doctors, [and] ... has experience in many of the illnesses and injuries we see," said Army Sgt. Joshua Pearson of the Colorado National Guard's 928th Area Support Medical Company, the clinic's noncommissioned officer in charge. "As a [physician assistant] prior to becoming a doctor, he has a firm grasp of the trauma skills like suturing, splinting and wound management."
Cheslock said the work here is mostly primary-care oriented � sick-call care, sports and training injuries, and minor emergencies. "That being said," he added, "we need to be ready and able to handle trauma at any time given the operational environment. While our capabilities here are limited to advanced trauma life support and stabilization that can often mean the difference between life and death if our soldiers become injured in battle."
Pearson said Cheslock is strong in all aspects of medicine. "He is an excellent teacher and instructs all of the medics weekly on various aspects of medicine," he said. "He has refined our clinical processes to make visits quicker."
Though he has been in the Guard for more than 14 years, this is Cheslock's first deployment. After so many years of service without deployment, he acknowledged, the orders taking him to Afghanistan were a surprise.
"I was surprised, but my wife was even more so than me," he said. "I think we always kept it in the back of our minds and didn't give it too much thought. When I was alerted last year, it hit home. But she understands this is part of being in the military, and I know she supports my decision to serve."
Cheslock's wife, Stephanie, said the deployment was something the couple had prepared for. "We moved back to an area that is close to where we both grew up this past June, as we knew he would be deployed in September," she said. "We wanted to be close to family during that time."
While Stephanie and their children -- Abigail, 6, and Claire, 3 -- await his return, Cheslock said, he is enjoying the chance to work with and help the service members and civilians here.
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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Marine Gives Back to Community

By Marine Corps Cpl. Andrew D. Johnston
2nd Marine Division
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C., Nov. 25, 2011 - An active duty Marine Corps noncommissioned officer was recognized for his outstanding service to the city of Jacksonville, N.C., during a Nov. 22 ceremony at the municipality's town hall..
Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Daniel G. Stoy, assigned here to the 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, received a standing ovation when he received the city's Outstanding Veterans Award.
Stoy, who earned three Purple Hearts from wounds he received in Iraq, serves as the sergeant-at-arms for the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Beirut Memorial Chapter 642.
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Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Daniel G. Stoy, a Hudson Falls, N.Y., native and infantry unit leader with 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., receives the Outstanding Veterans Award presented by the city of Jacksonville, N.C., at the municipality's town hall Nov. 22, 2011. Stoy was recognized for his outstanding work in the community. Courtesy photo
"Each of the different veteran chapters here in Jacksonville was allowed to put up one nominee for the award, which is basically for your service in the community," said Stoy, who hails from Hudson Falls, N.Y. "This the first time that The Military Order Of The Purple Heart has had an active duty member up for the award in two or three years.
"Basically [the award is for] all of the volunteer work I've done after the tornados hit," he added. "I had my whole [team] out there working with me."
Some tornados struck the Jacksonville area in late summer, Stoy said, destroying homes and leveling businesses. He gathered up a group of Marines to help out.
"If there is any time that we need help, Staff Sgt. Stoy always gets his troops for us," said Verl H. Matthews, senior vice commander of the local Purple Heart Chapter. "He asks for volunteers and he and his guys always come and help.
"These guys are some of the hardest workers," Matthews continued, "and I just got done signing about 20 appreciation letters this morning. He has just done so much for us and the community."
Stoy, a married father of three children, said he juggles his duties as a Marine, a community volunteer and husband. He said his wife makes it all work.
"I wouldn't have been able to do this without the support of my wonderful wife," Stoy said. "She has fully supported me in everything. She's here taking care of the home front while I'm out volunteering. It's that basic love and your basic husband and wife support -- she has been great."
Stoy said was very humbled to receive the award. He attributes his love for community service to his late father.
"It feels good to be honored like this because my father, who just passed in October, always used to tell us, 'What you give is what you get,' so it meant a lot to get it," Stoy said. "Between the balance of work and the balance of volunteering it was tough. But just being able to see the looks on people's faces, when you're out there helping just makes it all worth it in the end."

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Refund the fee

Show cause notice issued to school
Coram: Hima Kohli J

Delhi Government Counsel today informed the Court that a show cause notice dated 8.11.2011 has been issued to the school management asking them to refund the fee charged from the parents on account of property tax. The Court directed the Delhi Government to take final decision within 2 weeks and based on the decision, action should be taken against the school. CAG has also been asked to file their reply to the writ petition. The case was adjourned to 29.02.2012.

On the last date of hearing i.e. 03.10.2011 the High Court had issued notices to the St. Lawrence Convent Public School, Delhi Government and CAG on the petition of the parents filed through Advocate Ashok Agarwal challenging the action of the school in arbitrarily increasing fees and other charges in the academic years 2010-11 & 2011-12 under various heads including that of property tax. “The school had subjected the hapless parents to pay Rs.429/- per student on account of property tax which was impermissible in law”, submitted Mr. Agarwal.


No.DE.47/D.D.E (E)/Pr. Branch/2011/1400                                        Dated: 08/11/11


1.     Whereas, various complaints against St. Lawrence Convent Public School, Geeta Colony received sin the District made by President St. Lawrence Convent School Patents Welfare Association reg.severe fee hike by the school.

2.     Whereas, the school charged property tax from the parents due to the demand raised by MCD against the school. This is not in accordance with Govt. rules. The school accepted to withdraw the decision of charging property tax from next quarter of fee. The school should refund the property tax charges so far immediately in addition to aforesaid decision.

3.     Whereas, SMS charges are optional for parents. The school should clearly notify it to parents that these charges are optional and should not force it on parents.

4.     Whereas, the increase in the school fees in the year 2011-12 in about 30-50% which is not justified. The school fails to produce justification and minutes of meeting of SLMC in which it is approved in presence of Govt. Nominee. The enormous increase in the fee in not justified. The increase upto 10 to 15% may be allowed and rest of the fee hike should be withdrawn immediately.

5.     Whereas, the fee charged under head Physical Education charges, maintenance charges, are not justifies. The sale of school bags, school uniform, holding marriges and other commercial activities in the school affiliated to CBSE are not acceptable under DSEAR, 1973 & should stopped.

6.     The school should develop a system of redressal of grievances of parents and complaints as to uphold its image and noble cause of imparting education.

The manager/HOS of the school is therefore directed to submit explanation on the above mentioned deficiencies observed by the team members within 2 days, failing which action as deemed fit shall be taken against you under DSEAR Act, 1973.

(Neelam Verma)
Dy. Director of Education/RDE (East)
The Manager/HOS,
St. Lawrence Convent School,
Geeta Colony,

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The aneurysm was like a time bomb

Another life saved by Dr.Bedi at CMC H
Ludhiana//November 19//Shalu Arora and Rector Kathuria
Dr HS Bedi with patient Tejinder Singh,the Heart Team and the special blood saving machine
An innovative invention along with timely and skilled vascular surgery has helped in saving the life of Tejinder Kumar - a vegetable seller of Fazilka. He sustained a fracture of his collar bone (clavicle) due to an accident. The bone bent inwards and damaged the subclavian artery (which supplies the hand) producing a swelling due to an aneurysm – a weakness of the artery. The swelling started to compress his air pipe (trachea) leading to difficulty in breathing. He was referred to Dr Harinder Singh Bedi– Head of Cardio Vascular Endovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana. On examination and further investigation it was found that the aneurysm was like a time bomb and could burst at any time with fatal consequences. He underwent a vascular surgery. On opening the swelling there was a massive leak of blood at high pressure. This was sucked into a special sterile machine which has been specially developed at the CMC and H using innovative measures. About 2.5 litres of precious blood which would have been wasted was transfused back into the patient. The aneurysm was reapired and Tejinder is now well.
The other members of the team are Dr Allen Joseph, Dr Arun Gupta, Dr Paul SudhakarDr Udeyana Singh, Dr Saurabh, Dr Deepa Thomas. Dr Bedi said that the intricacies of the machine were handled by Mr Jairus Wilson and William P Sagar along with Mr Mathew. Mr Jairus and Mr William are the senior most perfusionists in Punjab.
Dr Abraham G Thomas – Director of CMC & H – said that it was the excellent team work plus the innovation of the heart team that had allowed a safe surgery in such a complicated case.

27th January is fixed for next date of hearing

High court notice to DU on M.A.(Music) admission criteria
New Delhi// November 19//
Delhi High Court (A.K.Sikri ACJ & Rajeev Sahai Endlaw J) on Friday has issued notices to Delhi University, Faculty of Music & Fine Arts, Ramjas College and Shri Avinash Kumar Jha on the petition filed by Ms. Babita Rawat through Advocate Ashok Agarwal questioning the validity of the admission criteria for M.A. (Music) (Hindustani Vocal) which solely based on 100% performance at the Entrance Test.  “Rule 3 of the Rules, Regulations and Eligibility Conditions for admissions 2011-12 in M.A. (Music) (Hindustani) whereby the merit list is drawn solely on the basis of performance at the entrance test (practical) is arbitrary, discriminatory, unjust, illegal, unconstitutional, violative of Articles 14, 15 & 21 of the Constitution of India read with the provisions of Delhi University Act, 1922”, argued Mr. Agarwal.

The petitioner states that she has been denied admission in M.A.(Music) despite the fact that she secured 63% marks in aggregate in B.A.(Music) in the academic year 2011-12 while studying in Ramjas College. She also stated that Avinash Kumar Jha who was not eligible to be even registered for the course has not only been selected but also granted admission in M.A.(Music) in Ramjas College.

“Merit list is drawn solely on the basis of the performance in the entrance test (practical).No written test is taken at all.  Even no record of entrance test (practical) is prepared and maintained by the Selection Committee. The decisions to select candidates are solely at the whims and fancies of the members of the Committee. Such a criteria is open to discrimination, favoritism, arbitrariness and therefore, impermissible in law”, submitted Mr. Agarwal.

Next date of hearing is fixed for 27.01.2011.

for more detail 
Advocate Ashok Agarwal maybe contacted at his mobile number-09811101923

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

How to calculate your target heart rate range ?

Dr. Bedi explains the secrets
‘The hearts of Punjabis should not just tick–they should beat strongly’
Ludhiana //16 November 2011// Shalu Arora and Rector Kathuria
Dr. Bedi during a camp (File photo: Seven Seas News)
In the current era where heart disease has touched epidemic proportions in India according to WHO there is something to cheer about. Just simple lifestyle changes and regular exercise can dramatically reduce the chances of suffering from a heart attack.    
At a recently concluded cardiac check up camp conducted by Dr Harinder Singh Bedi – Head of Cardio Vascular & Thoracic Surgery at the Christian Medical College & Hospital, Ludhiana- some very positive findings have come up. At the camp a comprehensive cardiac checkup was performed on a cross section of the community of Samana and all surrounding areas. 400 patients were examined at the camp which was jointly organized with the Registered Medical Practitioners Association, Samana. All patients underwent a thorough examination by superspecialist doctors along with special blood tests. A unique feature was the addition of a dietary consultation and of supervised yoga therapy for all patients and attendants.  It was found that people who exercised regularly or performed yoga had their hearts in good shape, and had cholesterol levels and blood pressure under control. Dr Bedi was very encouraged with these findings for they suggest that a simple regimen of exercise, prudent diet, weight control and regular checkups could indeed keep the hearts of Punjabis in good shape. He stressed that the aim of preventive medicine was – ‘The hearts of Punjabis should not just tick – they should beat strongly’.

Interestingly similar reports have been found worldwide. Currently around one in five menopausal women die from heart disease. But according to new research by exercise scientists at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), this shocking statistic could be reversed if women took just 30 minutes to exercise, 5 days a week. Similarly a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that walking briskly for half an hour cut the risk of premature death in men and women by 44 percent.
There is some confusion about the type and intensity of exercise required. For cardiovascular fitness, you need to do a minimum of 20 minutes of aerobic exercise three times a week, working hard enough that you break a sweat or are mildly out of breath. If you work out on a treadmill you should walk at a speed of at least four miles per hour on a level. If it’s on an incline, you can go a little more slowly.
Aim for a target heart rate during exercise.  Make monitoring your heart rate an integral part of your workout routine. It's a safer, more effective way to exercise, according to the American College of Sports Medicine.
Here's how to calculate your target heart rate range:
Estimate your maximum heart rate by subtracting your age from 220.
- Determine your lower-limit exercise heart rate: multiply your maximum heart rate by 0.6.
- Calculate your upper-limit exercise heart rate: multiply your maximum heart rate by 0.9.
For most people, working out at the lower end of the heart rate range for a longer time is better than exercising at the higher end for a shorter period.
Punjabis have a genetic predisposition to heart disease. You can’t do anything about your genes just yet—but you can lower that risk through lifestyle changes. Diet, yoga, exercise, regular physical checkups—all of these can help. Diabetes and high blood pressure can be detected and kept under control. It is time that we invested in our health and fitness now to ensure a real quality of life in later years – just as we plan a financial pension plan for our future. So, strap on your sneakers and start striding in the park.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Understand the serious impact of diabetes

A call to be alert against Diabetes
World Diabetes Day Celebrated
Ludhiana//14th November, 2011//Shalu Arora and Rector kathuria
World Diabetes day is a call to all those who are responsible for Diabetes care and can contribute to control it. For a diabetic patient, this is a message for empowerment education so that he can follow proper ways whether diet food or exercises to improve his health. And for general public this is a call to be alert against Diabetes and understand the serious impact of diabetes.
Giving Information regarding the camp Dr.Marry John, HOD, Medicine department said that World Diabetes Day raises global awareness of diabetes - it’s escalating rates around the world and how to prevent the illness in most cases. Started by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and WHO, the Day is celebrated on 14 November to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, was instrumental in the discovery of insulin in 1922, a life-saving treatment for diabetes patients.
On the occasion of World Diabetes Day on Monday 14th November, 2011 the department of Medicine at CMC and Hospital organized a free medical camp where around 300 patients were medically examined and given free blood sugar test to assess the risk of developing the disease. Patients were also offered free counselling by the specialists of diabetes and endocrinology department. A presentation on Diabetes education and self care was screened. Quiz competition for children with type 1 Diabetes was held. A diet display was also organized by the department. Patients also underwent free body mass and fat analysis test, blood sugar, diabetic foot.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Write RTE PIL Postcard

Call to expose violations of right to education
New Delhi//November 12, 2011//
RTE Task Force (Social Jurist Initiative) volunteers with Advocate Ashok Agarwal would be visiting Shastri Park Jhuggies (near ISBT, Kashmere Gate, Delhi) on Sunday 13 November 2011 from 8 am to 10 am to meet the parents and the students of the area from door to door. The sole aim of the visit is to share with them the right of admission of children including children with disabilities in government and recognized private schools (under 25% quota of free seats) arising out the provisions of the RTE Act, 2009. The students would be encouraged to write RTE PIL Postcard to the Delhi High Court Chief Justice about the violations of their right to education. Handbills containing Helpline Nos. 9868529459, 8826456565 would also be distributed among the people. Parents and students may take legal assistance totally free of costs through these Helplines between 10 am and 5 pm on all days except Sundays. Friends and well wishers who wish to volunteer themselves to the Cause may join us at 8 am sharp on 13 November 2011 at Shastri Park red light crossing. People can also join us at facebookAshok Agarwal, Advocate, advisor, Social Jurist may be also contacted at his mobile number-09811101923

Friday, November 11, 2011

All mahila congress units directed to be in party discipline

Dr Malti Thapar announced four state level rallies
Chandigarh// November 10, 2011//Sheeba Singh
Mahila congress Punjab will organize four state level rallies at Ropar, Kapurthala, Dharamkot and Amritsar in the month of December which will be adrresed by Smt Anita Verma, President, All India Mahila Congress. This was stated by Dr Malti Thapar after chairing the first meeting of the mahila congress. Dr Thapar also announced the formation of state body within next fortnight with 2 senior vice presidents, 7 vice presidents, 7 general secretaries, 7 secretaries, 1 organizing secretary, 1 treasurer, 1 media advisor, 1 office secretary, 11 executive committee members and joint secretaries.  Three Zonal rallies to be addressed by Incharge Punjab affairs Dr. Anita Babbar at Hoshiarpur, Patiala and Gurdaspur.
Dr Thapar directed the mahila congress workers to ensure maximum participation of the mahila workers in the ongoing Punjab bachao rallies being organized by Pradesh congress. She also asked the mahila workers to work for the coming vidhan sabha elections and work with the senior party to ensure the victory.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

You can't always control when you urinate

Urinary Incontinence in women embarrassing but treatable
Dr Meena Dass visiting CMCH on 12-19 November
Ludhiana// November 8, 2011//Shalu Arora and Rector Kathuria
Dr Meena Dass, MD, FRCOG, Consultant Uro-Gynecologist at the Barnsley NHS Hospital Trust, UK, who will be visiting the Department of Urology at CMCH on 12-19 November-2011, in a telephonic interview said that Urinary Incontinence in women is embarrassing but it is treatable. Urinary incontinence means that you can't always control when you urinate. As a result, you wet your clothes most of the time during the day and night. This is embarrassing, but it can always be cured. Urinary incontinence can be caused by many different medical problems, including weak pelvic muscles or diabetes, after repeated child births, obesity and as part of aging in the females. Stress urinary incontinence is a disturbing condition when urine leaks because of sudden pressure on your lower abdominal muscles, such as when you cough, laugh, lift something or exercise. Stress incontinence usually occurs when the pelvic muscles are weak, for example after childbirth or surgery. Stress incontinence is common in women. Surgery can be helpful. It is usually done if other treatment modalities haven't worked or if the incontinence is severe.
Dr Meena Dass described the new surgical technique of “Tension Free Vaginal Tape – Obturator Approach (TVT-O)” and highlighted its advantage over various other surgical procedures for Stress Urinary Incontinence (SIU). Dr Kim Mammen, HOD of Urology, CMCH, emphasized that the TVT-O Technique and the use of similar slings, is a minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of patients with Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) who do not improve with medications. It improves the quality of life and makes the patients dry.
Dr Meena Dass along with Dr Kim Mammen and the Urology Team including Dr Francis Sridhar Katumalla, Dr George Mathew, Dr Shafiq Ahmed and Dr Amit Tuli will be available to treat patients with Stress Urinary Incontinence. We hope to see many patients coming into our hospital “wet” and going  home “dry”, said Dr Kim Mammen, Professor & Head, Department of Urology, CMCH. Dr Meena Dass will be available for consultation from 12-19 November-2011 at the Department of Urology with prior appointment. The contact telephone for prior appointment: 0161-5026999 Extension: 5026 [Urology Office].
 “I was unable to go for any social functions because I was always wet but, now after this surgical procedure, I am absolutely dry and I do not have to wear any pads. I do not smell of urine and I feel more confident of myself” said one of the patients who was recently operated at CMCH Urology Department. Dr Kim Mammen highlighted that the cost of this “Tension Free Vaginal Tape – Obturator Approach (TVT-O)” which is imported is available at a subsidized rate and for genuinely poor and need patients few of these Tapes can be made available free of cost through Philanthropists and charitable agencies.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

"We never prayed for a boy or a girl "

Mohali woman becomes mother at the age of grandmother’ 
Ludhiana//November 3, 2011//Inderpreet Ahluwalia
Joy seems no bound for 68-year-old Hakim Singh since the day he heard the news of his 60-year-old wife Jaspal Kaur giving birth to a child, therefore, ending 40 yaers of barenness in their married life.
The sexagenarian couple gave birth to a baby boy at local Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) and was discharged today with both the mother and son in “pinks” of their health.

“You can not put this joy of becoming a mother at the age of grandmother merely in few lines or words”, said a visibly enthused Jaspal Kaur.  Hailing from Rampur village in Mohali and married for 40 years, the couple had been trying, without success, to have a child, until Kaur entered menopause. All those years , in the search for a child, the couple made several visits to temples, Gurdwaras, hospitals, and even babas but only met disappointment.

“Undaunted by all odds, we kept on trying and later a year back visited Dr Sumita in Ludhiana for the first time. The treatment followed for few months and nine month ago I was told my wife was pregnant”, said the proud father Hakim Singh.

The couple said they had been yearning for a child and never believed in selective gender. “We were missing the joy of being a  parent despite being happily married. We never prayed for a boy or a girl and had been only trying to invoke wahegurus blessings to get a child. Perhaps our prayers were true and carried no malice and He gave me a chance to become a mother when my fellow villagers are already a grandmother of two to three children”, said Jaspal Kaur.

Dr Sumita Sofat of Sofat infertility centre where the couple was treated during pre-pregnancy satge, said, Kaur conceived pregnancy with the use of a donor egg . “She became pregnant through in vitro fertilization process . Her medical examination and health check up indicated that she would be able to survive a high-risk pregnancy and finally she delivered a baby boy at DMCH via Caesarean section”, said Dr Sumita.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

"Women in the state are feeling insecure"

Thousands of Mahila Congress workers gather at Moga
Mahila Congress Pb.to launch 24 hour help line 
A step taken for women of Punjab: Dr Malti Thapar 
Moga:November 22011

Mahila Congress Punjab will shortly start a 24 hour helpline at Congress Bhawan Chandigarh for the women of Punjab who are harassed and tortured at the family or social or administrative or political level. Stating this as a historic step, Dr Malti Thapar, President, Mahila Congress Punjab said that Mahila congress will provide moral and legal support to such females who are deprived of their rights in any way. This 24 hour helpline number will be intimated to the general public through media. Dr Thapar announced this today at Moga, while she was speaking at the rally held on the second day of Punjab Bachao yatra.
Dr Thapar said that number of cases of atrocities on the women have increased manifold during the last four and half years of this Akali Dal Badal and BJP rule. The crime rate in Punjab has gone up leaving behind Bihar also. Women in the state are feeling insecure and unsafe in the goondaraj of Akali Dal Badal. Everyday the silent protesting teachers or the Aangan vaadi workers are picked up by the Punjab police on the directions of S Sukhbir Singh Badal, who is the home minister also, and beaten mercilessly in front of everybody. 
Dr Thapar questioned S Harsimrat kaur Badal, MP that What is the use of just grabbing cheap publicity by holding daughter of poor people and branding it as “Nanhi Chaan”? Can the present regime give any authenticated data on the female foeticide in the state during the last four years?Dr Thapar assured the president PPCC, Capt Amarinder Singh that Mahila Congress will be his right hand in the coming vidhan sabha elections and will fight with the Pradesh Congress to throw this government out of power. Dr Thapar requested Capt Singh that while drafting the manifesto special attention should be given to the issues relating to the women of Punjab.
Dr Thapar pointed to S Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister of Punjab that by making cancer specialization hospitals in Malwa belt won’t serve the purpose of common man, come to Dharamkot and see where Punjab is going? For the last 15 years Akali Dal has ruled in this constituency but S Parkash Singh Badal should see the plight of the people there. There is no school, college, hospital, roads or transport. People are living in pitiable conditions without even safe drinking water and electricity. Old age pensions and shagun schemes are also not being distributed by the government. Even the money to be given in the MNREGA is not being paid to the workers.