Silent march held to raise awareness on harassment of women

Taking on sombre tones, International Women’s Day was observed here on Saturday with a touch of anger and frustration as issues of harassment and sexual abuse of women came to the fore. Many hospitals offered special packages for women’s health check up to mark the day.

A silent march was held from St. Agnes College to Dr. Ambedkar Circle (Jyothi circle) and back to raise awareness about the need for women empowerment.

Protesting against “increasing” incidents of crimes against women and their slow investigations, members of the Campus Front of India staged a demonstration in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s Office here.

The group has demanded strict and time bound inquiries into the rape-and-murder of a 17-year-old college student in Dharmasthala in November 2012, the death of Akshatha Poojary whose body was found floating in Nethravati last year, and the Panjimogeru double murder case in 2011, among others.

Early on Saturday, hundreds of students of St. Agnes high school and college, most clad in white, took out a silent march from their college to Dr. Ambedkar Circle (Jyothi circle) and back. The walk was held on the theme ‘Walk for the Girl Child’.

Abuse reporting tool

Meanwhile, students of National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal observed the day with the launch of “Jagriti project”, a web and mobile platform for reporting child and woman abuse.

A release said the project was conceived after seeing child labour at a restaurant, and the apathy of people in reporting it to the authorities.

While the website (http://projectjagriti.org) has been launched in its rudimentary form, apps for Android, Windows and iPhones will be developed and released soon. Seven students developed the project in collaboration with the Child Welfare Committee, Mangalore, which will take cognizance of the complaint and take the abused children under their protection.

“The Jagriti Project attempts to use crowd-sourcing in problem identification and resolution by providing an anonymous straightforward platform for reporting child labour,” said the college, adding the project will be expanded in its scope to report abuses and harassment of women.

Programmes were aplenty, with Prajapita Brahma Kumaris organising a talk on “empowering women through spirituality”, and Lion’s Club holding a series of talks on empowerment and women’s health at government polytechnic, Bondel.

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