At the Cauvery College for Women at 10 a.m.

The gang-rape and death of a 23-year-old paramedical student in Delhi has brought crimes against women to the forefront, sparking off calls for change in laws, perceptions and attitudes. The Hindu in Tiruchi invites its readers and the public to join the debate on ways to prevent crime against women, at Cauvery College today.

Titled ‘Crime and Punishment: The fight against rape and sexual violence’, the forum is supported by the Centre for Women’s Studies, Cauvery College for Women. By bringing together perspectives of persons associated closely with the issue – women activists, lawmakers, police, and students – the forum seeks to find meaningful solutions to check the continuing violence against women.

Making the panel are Shailesh Kumar Yadav, City police commissioner; U.Nirmala Rani, senior advocate and activist, All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) ; N.Manimekalai, professor, Department of Women's Studies, Bharathidasan University and founder, Women Entrepreneurs Association of Tamil Nadu (WEAT); Sharifa Khanam, founder, STEPS, women development organisation, Pudukottai, and founding member, Tamil Nadu Muslim Women’s Jamaat. Two students, Rufina Amreen of Cauvery College for Women and Saagar Varma from National Institute of Technology-Tiruchi, will present their views.

The discussion will be moderated by K.Venkatramanan, chief, Tamil Nadu bureau, The Hindu.

Participants can pose questions and interact with the panel at the end of the discussion.

The debate starts at 10 a.m. today. Please be there.