Leaving their political affiliations aside, the former Congress MP Tejaswini Sriramesh and the former Chairperson of Karnataka Women’s Commission C. Manjula expressed the need to prevent politicisation of incidents of women’s harassment.

Ms. Sriramesh and Ms. Manjula were participating in the conference on “Secured Women – Healthy society” organised by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) here on Saturday. Ms. Sriramesh said she was opposed to any person who treated women in a wicked way. She said society make such persons feel ashamed. “Women, who have been victims, need all support to move with their heads held high,” she said.

Ms. Sriramesh was critical of her own party for the delay in appointing Chairperson to the Women’s Commission that has been vacant for several months. “This shows how insensitive the government is to women and their issues.”

Ms. Manjula said, “The State government has failed in its duty of instilling confidence among women to live in peace. This failure has led to groups taking law in their hands and hitting persons involved in such acts.”

Activist Prasanna Ravi said some mobile phone recharge centres in Dakshina Kannada were harassing women by misusing mobile phone numbers given at the time of recharge. Lecturer Deepa Kamat said she was found it unsafe for women to move alone in the city after 9 p.m.

The meet passed a resolution demanding a 24-hour help centre for women.

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