The Visakha Mahila Action on Friday organised a rally crying halt to violence and discrimination against women.

The rally was to mark the ‘International Fortnight to end violence against women and White Ribbon Day’. The fortnight is being observed from November 25 to December 10.

The rally demanded a halt to violence against women, physically challenged and AIDS victims. Lions District Governor Durga Prasada Rao flagged off the rally at the Mahatma Gandhi statue at the GVMC office.

Mahila Action convener Swarna Kumari wanted all sections in society to come together to end attacks against women in the name of love, domestic violence, dowry and sexual harassment.

Former MLA G. Sumana, Women’s College Social Work head K. Pamela Thomas and several students participated.

While it was important to enforce laws meant for women’s safety, it is imperative that all sections of society wake up to the perils of subjecting women to violence as it would impinge upon their freedom to live and work without fear. Luring women into flesh trade in the name of employment and trafficking were a cause for concern.

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