The heinous gang-rape that happened in Delhi recently led many people to think in terms of a larger perspective and take proactive measures to help curb atrocities against women.
In the run-up to International Women’s Day, Chaitanya Sravanthi (CS), a voluntary social organisation, gifted a cheque of Rs. 50,000 payable to the District Collector and Magistrate. The cheque was handed over to Municipal Commissioner M.V. Satyanarayana near GVMC Gandhi statue here on Thursday.
Appreciating the selfless gesture of the organisation, Municipal Commissioner M.V. Satyanarayana said: “We (senior officials and voluntary organisations) want to create a separate account head and credit funds to help rape victims.
The need of the hour is to empower and protect women. We have to take sincere efforts and join hands to fight for the cause. The cheque will be handed over to the District Collector and we will work in an inclusive manner to provide financial assistance for the victims through the trust.”
There is no point in blaming the government alone. Everybody should take the onus and create awareness on social-policing through SHGs apart from facilitating funds and a separate public transportation system for women who work late into the night, suggested president of CS S. Shirin Rahman.
Referring to the recent announcement of the Central government that announced Rs.1,000 crore for the safety of women, she said that district administration should also take up similar initiative to help victims of sexual assault.
“I think every district should pool in funds within their jurisdiction and create funds to help the wretched victims. Once a head account is opened, we are planning to add some more to the kitty for the purpose,” she added.
Hundreds of CS members participated in the protest displaying placards that read ‘social-policing should be encouraged’, ‘children should be given self-defence training at school-level’ ‘separate transportation system and protection should be provided for women while commuting in the night’ and ‘every district should open a separate account to help victims’, among others.