Women's rights the most neglected area
TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2002 12:41:13 AM ]
LUCKNOW: According to a UN report, in India out of 100 women 80 have
to suffer abusive language, 40 are victimised for not looking after
their home and children and 35 suffer abuse and discrimination for
not respecting their in-laws.
On the basis of suspicion of infidelity, out of 100 women 33 are
beaten, 51 women are warned against leaving their houses and 90 women
have to take permission for even meeting their visitors. Yet society
remains silent, perhaps endorsing this view.
On November 25, that marks the Day Against Violence Against Women,
taking cognisance of the repeated cases of harassment of girls, a
programme of `Gender sensitisation and awareness campaign' was taken
up by Women's Studies section of the department of philosophy in
collaboration with OXFAM. December 10, Human Rights Day will be the
last day of the first phase of this campaign and will be attended by
the Vice-Chancellor of Lucknow University.
Prof Roop Rekha Verma, Director, said that after the September 3
molestation case in the university, a need was felt to bring teachers
and students together for creating awareness. "We have visited
various colleges, including the departments of philosophy and
psychology, in a bid to address this problem and look for solutions
via dramas, posters and discussions." With 3 to 4 per cent conviction
rate in sexual harassment cases, over time there has been a demand
for action on the campus itself. According to the Supreme Court
orders there has to be a committee to deal with sexual harassment
cases on campuses and at work places.
Verma also emphasised that discussions had brought to the fore the
issue that "eve-teasing or sexual harassment has nothing to do with
the kind of clothes you wear or the influence of Western culture. In
fact, more salwar-kurta clad women are victimised. There is a need to
adopt a multi-pronged strategy whereby legal strategy, social protest
and self-help groups work towards this goal of making work places and
colleges safer for women".
Kanchan Sinha from OXFAM and Anjali from Stree Adhikar Sangathan who
have been involved with the MAMC rape case protest in Delhi are also
helping in the formulation and implementation of the campaign.