Concern expressed over rise in violence in the country
Speakers at a district-level convention here on Wednesday said that the youth should raise their voice against atrocities against women.
The convention was organised by the All-India Mahila Samskrutika Sanghatane (AIMSS), on the need to prevent atrocities against women.
Y.C. Yoganand Reddy, president of the Indian Medical Association, Karnataka chapter, said the Delhi gang-rape case was a black spot on society.
Youth play a pivotal role in putting an end to such heinous crimes against women. “Inequality is a major bane to our society and atrocities against women were part of it. Our rulers, who are after power politics, are least bothered about inequality and atrocities against women. To ensure that the peoples’ voices reach them, such conventions and relentless struggles are necessary,” he said.
H. Jayalakshmi, general secretary of the central unit of AIMSS, expressed concern over the rise in violence against women in the country.
“As per statistics from the National Crime Record Bureau, around 2.5 lakh cases of crime are recorded against women every year. These are only reported cases. At least double the number goes unreported, which is very shocking,” she said.
At least half of the violence reported occurs in houses, including honour killing, which was more shocking, she said.
Dr. Jayalakshmi took exception to the remarks made by some senior officials, including comments on “provocative dress culture”.
“It’s time they change their mind set and raise their voice against atrocities against women, besides initiating efforts to ensure that the guilty were punished,” he said.
Coming down heavily on TV advertisements and obscene films which, according to her, were among other reasons for distracting the minds of youth, Dr. Jayalakshmi commended the efforts put in by Justice Verma in going deep into various issues while submitting an exhaustive report on prevention of crime against women.
“People should join hands to ensure that suitable reforms were brought in and appropriate amendments were made to the existing laws to not only prevent crime against women but also see that a deterrent punishment was given to the perpetrators of crime,” she added.
V.N. Rajashekar, president of the State unit of All-India Democratic Students’ Organisation, Aruna Rao, president of Stree Suraksha Samiti, and Radhakrishna of the All-India Democratic Youth Organisation were among others who spoke.