Writer Hema Pattanashetti says no study has been conducted to understand why

“The suicide rate among married women in urban areas is higher than that of farmers, according to the data of the National Crime Records Bureau over the last few years. However, this has never been taken seriously by governments, non-governmental organisations or the media. No systematic study has been done to understand the reasons for this,” writer Hema Pattanashetti said here on Monday.

She was speaking after inaugurating the first district-level mahila sahitya sammelan. “It is a matter of concern that crimes against women are rising in many cities of the country,” she said.

Ms. Pattanashetti urged women writers to document every experience of theirs.

“Don't think if something is worth writing down or not,” she said. “Every detail and event in life can prove to be a spark that can lead to great literature,” she said. Ms. Pattanashetti said that many literary critics had a bias against women writers.

“If they change their attitude, more women writers will emerge,” she said.

District Kannada Sahitya Parishat president Sidramappa Masimade said the parishat had encouraged young writers through its pratibha parichaya programme, started 10 years ago.

“We have organised a district-level sammelan for youth, 35 hobli-level sammelans and published 25 books by different young writers,” he said.

Harkud Math seer Channaveera Shivacharya, Bhalki Math seer Basavalinga Pattaddevaru, Kannada Sahitya Parishat treasurer Pundalik Halambi and Rahim Khan, MLA were present.

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