Adolescent girls told about health awareness, legal issues
Freshers' Day was celebrated with a difference at Alphores Girls' Junior College in Karimnagar on Thursday. The meet was organised to educate adolescent girls about their health and legal aspects to check crime against girls.
The initiative was taken by the Karimnagar range police, who have launched the ambitious ‘Project Damini' along with Rainbow Voluntary Organisation of lady doctors of Karimnagar to check growing crime against adolescent girls in Karimnagar and Adilabad districts.
Expressing concern over the growing crime against adolescent girls in the region, Karimnagar range DIG A. Ravishankar Ayyannar said they launched ‘Project Damini' to educate girls about their health and prevention of crime such as eve-teasing, ragging, cheating, harassment etc. During a power-point presentation, Dr. Ayyanar dwelt upon various issues such as girls who were cheated in the name of love staging dharnas, rapes, eve-teasing, etc.
Adolescence was a turbulent period he said and added that at this stage it was essential to understand the needs of those in such age groups.
‘Project Damini' was aimed at that, the DIG noted and pointed out that with the help of lady doctors of Rainbow Voluntary Organisation, they were conducting health awareness programmes for girls in various junior and degree colleges and educating them about legal aspects.
Rainbow Voluntary Organisation president Akula Shailaja said the health of adolescent girls was important as they were future mothers who would help build a ‘stronger and intelligent' India. She said adolescent girls suffer from various ailments particularly malnutrition, anaemia and other gynaecological problems, but they neglect them without approaching the doctor.
“We at Rainbow have decided to create health awareness among the girls by visiting educational institutions in the district,” Dr. Shailaja said.
B. Jhansilaxmi, treasurer of Rainbow, announced free consultation and counselling to all adolescent girls at their respective hospitals.
Karimnagar DSP Srinivas Rao, Alphores Colleges chairman V. Narender Reddy were also present.