MADURAI: Men should become part of the women's liberation movement and understand that they are equals to them and it is the question of inequality that forms the basis of violence, said D. Hari Paranthaman, Judge Madras High Court.
He was delivering the inaugural address here at V.R.Krishna Iyer Hall on Tuesday at a seminar titled ‘Opposing Poverty and Violence' to celebrate the occasion of International Women's Day which fell on March 8.
Talking about women's reservation in Parliament and Assembly, he said that the logic of reservation is simple, it's only when there is no equality reservation comes into play. Stating that violence against women starts from birth to death, female foeticide and infanticide are examples of violence committed during the time of birth and cited the practice of widow immolation (Sati) as violence during the time of death.
He also said that child abuse, eve teasing, sexual harassment at work place, domestic violence too form the different forms of discrimination that take place in a woman's life. Mr. Hari Paranthaman gave an example of an honour killing where a backward caste girl was hacked to death in a gruesome manner by her own brothers for marrying a Dalit boy. It is women who are affected the most during ethnic, caste and communal clashes and even after so many stringent laws in force violence against women has not declined.
He recalled the efforts of EVR Periyar to abolish the Devadasi system and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi for enacting a law guaranteeing property rights for women in the year 1989. All these efforts were historic and needs to be remembered at all times, he said. S.Gnanam, State Vice President, R.Preethi and Ponnuthayi of All India Democratic Women's Association, R.Malliga, Municipal Chairman, Kovilpatti and C.Sundaravalli, State President, Tamil Nadu Progressive Writers Association were among the others who spoke on the occasion. The event was organised by a number of organisations coming under a single umbrella called Madurai District Women's Federation.