Citing National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) statistics, State vice-president of All-India Democratic Students Organisation (AIDSO) B. Ravi on Wednesday said that crimes against women increased by 900 per cent between 1976 and 2012.

He was addressing a district-level seminar on violence against women at Spandana Bhavan here.

The seminar was jointly organised by All-India Mahila Samskritika Sanghatane (AIMSS), All-India Democratic Students Organisation (AIDSO) and All-India Democratic Youth Organisation (AIDYO) as part of the national conference on atrocities against women, scheduled to be held on December 29 in New Delhi, to mark the first death anniversary of the Delhi gang-rape victim.

“Having seminars on violence against women shows the tough times half the population in our country is going through. As per NCRB statistics, crimes against women have increased by 900 per cent between 1976 and 2012,” he said.

“There are many arguments that show women in a bad light and make them the offender even after they are subjected to heinous violence. While some say that the clothes they wear provoke men to assault them, others question why women go out of their homes at night. All these arguments are nonsense and are born out of patriarchal thinking. It is the social atmosphere that gives birth to rapists,” he said.

He pressed for a change in values for a long-lasting solution to the issue of violence against women. “A united movement of oppressed masses can bring about transformation at the grassroots level,” he said.

Maski Pre-university College principal T.S. Kumaraswamy, advocate Shivaraj Patil, journalist Veena Pramod, AIMSS district president Chetana Banare, AIDYO district president Sharanappa Udbal and AIDSO district president Mahesh Cheekalaparvi were present.

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