Special Correspondent

‘Plight of rural women is more serious’

‘Police should change their attitude’

SHIMOGA: Principal District and Sessions Judge I.S. Antin said here on Sunday that it was ironical that atrocities on women were increasing despite the fact that separate Acts were in force to prevent them.

Inaugurating the district-level workshop on Family Atrocities Act-2006, organised jointly by the District Legal Service Authority, Women and Child Development Department and District Bar Association, Mr. Antin said that the failure of the authorities in ensuring the effective enforcement of the Acts had led to the increase in atrocities on women.

He said the plight of the women in rural areas was far more serious as they were not aware of their rights.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Srikanth Babaladi said the time was not far off when there would be separate laws for the security of women if instances of atrocities on them continued unchecked. Superintendent of Police Arun Chakravarthy, who was the chief guest, said it was necessary for the police personnel to treat with respect those who came to them to lodge complaints.

He said there was a dire need for them to change their attitude towards the complainants.

Though separate women police stations had been set up, the relief being offered to women was far from satisfactory.

President of the Shimoga District Bar Association N. Dharmappa presided over the function.

Deputy Director for Women and Child Development Department V. Vasudev presented a paper.