Women from different fields were honoured for their distinguished service at the silver jubilee celebrations of Limca Book of Records in the Capital

In an emotional appeal to policymakers, the mother of the physiotherapy student, who was gang-raped on December 16, 2012, said the need of the hour was to reduce the age of juveniles. She said those who perpetrate crimes against women should not be allowed to go scot free.

She was speaking on Thursday at a function held in the Capital to mark the silver jubilee celebrations of the Limca Book of Records. Women from different fields were honoured for their distinguished service at the function.

The mother of the braveheart said: “I can see a number of sisters and mothers sitting among the audience. The time has come for all of them to unite and fight attacks committed against women. It is time to reduce the age of juveniles. We have to ensure that our girls grow up in a secure environment.”

Sunitha Krishnan, who singlehandedly rescued over 9,500 girls in Andhra Pradesh from brothels and flesh trade, was one of the 25 women felicitated with the award.

She said, “Economic poverty, commoditisation of women’s bodies and films breaking our value system were some of the reasons. We have to ask ourselves why children as small as three and four years old are sold for prostitution and why girls’ bodies are becoming saleable?”

Dr. Krishnan, founder of anti-trafficking organisation Prajwala, is working with men because she feels unless their mindsets are changed, any change in the law would have no meaning.

Olympic bronze medallist boxer MC Mary Kom said attacks on the people of the Northeast were disturbing.

Noting that she herself was a victim of racial abuse when she started her career as a pugilist, Ms. Kom said she was constantly asked about her origin.

“But I would make them understand that Manipur is a State in the Northeast where the inhabitants are Indian citizens. We can speak Hindi and feel proud of our country as anyone else.”

Other women who were felicitated included Planning Commission Member Syeda Hameed, human rights activist Anjali Gopalan and Dastkar chairperson Laila Tyabji.

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