Mangaluru

Guidelines to ensure safety of women

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Deputy Commissioner Muddu Mohan on Friday said the administration would soon come up with a set of guidelines for the safety and protection of women in the district. He was speaking at a meeting of officials and school heads at the District Offices Complex here.

Mr. Mohan said top priority would be given to the implementation of these guidelines. In many places in rural areas, students went to schools and colleges quite far away from their homes. He directed the heads of schools and colleges to make arrangements to appoint a supervisor to take students from their homes to bus stands and back. A supervisors’ cell should be started at gram panchayat level to ensure protection of children going alone to schools.

Efforts would be made to convince parents to leave their children in hostels, if the children were coming from distant places. Steps should be taken to improve relations and coordination between students and the police.

It was necessary to develop self-confidence among students and train them in self defence. The officials of the departments of Police and Women and Child Welfare should visit school and colleges and advice them on self protection, Mr. Mohan said.

Mamata R. Shetty, vice-president of the zilla panchayat, drew the attention of the meeting to misbehaviour of some school teachers.

It was necessary to install CCTV cameras where possible. The students should be taught to spot bad behaviour of elders, she said.

Vaidehi, writer, expressed anguish over some people misusing the trust and innocence of children.

“Where should the girls and women go? Whom should they believe? It is necessary that parents and society took concrete measures for protection of girls and women,” she said.

The obscene programmes being telecast in the media were also playing a part in the increasing atrocities against women. The media should stop telecasting such programmes. Stern action should be taken against those telecasting such programmes.

Use of mobile phones by children should be banned. Children should be given ideas about misbehaviour with them through short stories and plays, Ms. Vaidehi said.

M. Kanagavalli, chief executive of the zilla panchayat, said parents should teach their children about the safe use of mobile telephones.

Schools should create a positive atmosphere where the children should feel comfortable to tell their problems to teachers.

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