Deepa H Ramakrishnan
"Media must be careful when it reports cases of sexual abuse "
To hold camps in coordination with self-help groups "There are lot of laws to protect women "
PUDUCHERRY: The Puducherry Women's Commission plans to hold village-wise awareness camps in all the 68 villages in the Union Territory.
The commission's Chairperson S. Kamalini told The Hindu , "Though women from rural areas come to us to solve their problems, they are not yet fully aware of our functioning. Till date we have received 326 complaints from women, of which 26 relate to property disputes, 129 family disputes, 17 service matters, 10 dowry problems and 10 were miscellaneous."
"Most of the times women come to us by word of mouth . In the village camps we will be calling members of self-help groups and in coordination with them we will hold camps. At present we are engaging one family counsellor on Mondays and Thursdays and we also have regular visits to Karaikal," she added.
The Women's Commission had organised a meeting for volunteers of NGOs and counsellors to create awareness of the commission's activities and to get a feedback regarding the awareness among the public.
Former Chief Judicial Magistrate and advocate Murugabhoopathy spoke about the Domestic Violence Act and other issues relating to women.
D. Ramabathiran, Member Secretary - District Judge, Union Territory of Puducherry, Legal services Authority said that there were a lot of laws to protect women but most women silently bore the atrocities against them.
"The media must be careful when it reports cases of sexual abuse against women. Recently two newspapers had reported two such cases one in Marakanam and one in Thirubhuvanai but had mentioned the names of the girls, address and their fathers's name . The women are already traumatised and hurt mentally and physically.
"Disclosure of the identity of the victim is an offence under Section 228 A of the Indian Penal Code. We wrote to the newspapers informing that their act would attract punishment," he said.