Workshop on Crime Against Women

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Sh. S. P. Ratawal, Minister for Social Welfare, NCT of Delhi inaugurated the workshop on Crime Against Women. Smt. Mankekar explaining the objections of the Workshop.

Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) held a one-day workshop on 28/09/1996 on the growing incidence of violence against women in the National Capital Territory of Delhi.  The workshop was inaugurated by Shri S.P. Ratawal, Hon'ble Minister of Social Welfare, Govt. of NCT of Delhi. The main speakers at the workshop included Smt. Kiran Datar, Principal, Miranda House, Delhi University, Smt. Vibha Parthasarathi, Principal, Sardar Patel Vidyalaya and Shri S.S. Grewal, DCP, CAW Cell, Nanankpura, New Delhi and Smt. Jyotsana Chatterji, Director, Joint Women's Programme.

Sh. Ratawal said in his inaugural address that the women's tolerant nature- a result of their childhood conditioning, indifference of society and, to some extent, the attitudes of other women, contributed to crime against women. While listing eve-teasing and molestation of women in public places and in buses as one of the area of concern, he called upon NGOs to organize groups of college-going girls to fight back and protect women. Government, he said, had enacted several laws for the legal protection of women and had set up facilities to educate them about the same. He praised the Delhi Commission for Women for setting up sub-committee 'Sahyogini' for helping aggrieved, victimized and persecuted women.

Sh. Ratawal added that harassment of women can only be checked by 'changing the attitude and mentality of men.' He also underlined the need for a public debate on the subject and hoped representatives of NGOs, senior police officers and women activists would give it high priority.

Introducing the topic "Prevention of Crime Against Women", the DCW Chairperson, Smt. Kamla Mankekar talked about the disturbing trend of growing violence against women in the Delhi. She also called upon the various agencies-educational institutions, community leaders, NGOs and the police. The Chairperson, DCW emphasized the introduction of physical and self-defence training for girls as a regular feature of school and college curriculum.  

Smt. Mankekar informed that the DCW had already recommended two proposals including physical and self-defence training for girls as a part of regular education in schools and colleges, and eliminating gender bias through involvement of parents, teachers and community. 

Smt. Datar referred to unsafe conditions prevailing in University campus. Bad characters and criminals frequented roads outside girls colleges and harassed them.  Police had not been able to provide adequate security.

Smt. Vibha Parthasarathi in her address explained how life skills like house management, nutrition, health care, cooking, etc. had been introduced in her school for both boys and girls and it had resulted in a healthy acceptance of gender equity.

Smt. Jyotsana Chatterji spoke on the role and difficulties of NGOs in providing relief to aggrieved women.

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