Responding to the issue immediately and creating a support system go a long way to address violence. Sexual assaults should be dealt in an unbiased manner. As per the Supreme Court judgement in Visakha case, every organisation and educational institution should constitute grievance redressal committee to deal with sexual assaults and one should see to it that it is constituted, said Professor of Law, Andhra University, A. Nirmala.

Addressing the students at a panel discussion organised by the Centre for Policy Studies, Kasturba Centre for Women’s Studies and Gayatri Vidya Parishad Educational Institutions on “Violence Against Women – Civil Society’s Response”, she underlined the role of civil society’s response against violence. “Identifying the root cause of the violence against women helps in curbing the issue to maximum extent possible,” she explained.

A girl faces sexual violence at various stages of life, convenor of INTACH E. Rani Sarma said. “Family plays an important role in educating the children. Violence against women should stop at the family level. A woman should not be made inferior and trivialised in the society. One should work towards bringing a change in the mindset of the individual from within, family and society,” she explained.

Director of Kasturba Centre for Women’s Studies S. Rajani highlighted the sensitisation programmes undertaken by the centre and added that women should become mentally strong and feel comfortable to voice their views against violence rather than treating the subject as a taboo.

Professor of English, AU, C.L.L. Jayaprada Devi emphasised on involving the youth to rise against violence. “With the increase in violence, the police force has also come up with better initiatives to help control eve-teasing and violence against women. Sensitisation programmes like these help in educating youngsters and make them think to stand up for themselves,” she said.

Director of Centre for Policy Studies A. Prasanna Kumar, president of GVP D.V. Subba Rao, freedom fighter Gopala Sastry, retired IAS officer E.A.S. Sarma and founder member of GVP Junior College P. Raja Ganapathi, among others, participated.

- Staff Reporter

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