Progressive Organsiation for Women State president V. Sandhya on Tuesday urged the Union and State governments to come out with concrete action plans to ensure a violence-free environment for them to flourish.
Addressing a seminar here, she exhorted women to collectively fight for securing their right to violence-free society taking a cue from the nation-wide stir in the wake of the Delhi gang-rape incident. ''We should not suffer silently any more,'' she said.
She gave a call to women to be prepared for long-drawn battle to ensure passage of the Women's Reservation Bill and the bill to protect women from sexual harassment at workplace.
There was an urgent need to overhaul the school curriculum for better treatment of women by society to promote equality.
There was an urgent need to address the systemic failures to ensure effective implementation of legal provisions, she said.
Stoutly opposing death sentence for rapists, she concurred with the Verma panel report recommendation to provide for maximum jail sentence to those convicted.
Death sentence could not be considered a deterrent as evidenced by unabated murders even though IPC section 302 provided for punishment with death to those committed murder, she said.
Though the Constitution guaranteed equality, the rights of women were infringed upon in every possible way in the ‘patriarchal society’.
The western cultural onslaught on the largely feudal Indian society was adding fuel to the fire, she said, adding ''we are not championing a matriarchal society. What we want is an egalitarian society wherein women live with dignity and contribute their might as equal partners in the overall development of the nation''.