Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday said though incidents such as eve teasing take place across the country, in Delhi they are exaggerated, highlighted and presented with an intention to malign the authorities.

“A wrong picture is being painted in respect of Delhi,” she said, while inaugurating a self-defence workshop for higher secondary school girls organised by Safe Women Foundation at Government Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya in Rouse Avenue here.

The Chief Minister said crime against women was on the rise and people who commit such crime feel that women are weak and can be easily suppressed. But there are some simple ways that, if used, can be of great help to women. They should come forward and opt for the self defence training programmes started by the Government and other organisations and agencies, she said.

Asserting that there was no place for crime against women in a civilised society, Ms. Dikshit said persons involved in such heinous crime should be given the harshest punishment. Describing such crimes as a stigma on society, the Chief Minister stressed the need for preventing such incidents through various measures.

Delhi Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely hoped that the workshop would throw light on possible threats being faced by schoolgirls and create awareness about the do’s and don’ts and safety measures. He said girls would also be given a demonstration on self-defence moves by the trainers.

Safe Women Foundation secretary general Suruchi Duggal said: “Women in this country face various challenges in their day-to-day lives particularly where their personal safety and security is concerned. We felt the need to impart training in self-defence to girls as they are more prone to facing such challenges in their everyday lives.”

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