Roping in university students to check harassment

Delhi Commission for Women to expand campaign `Students from half a dozen institutions have shown interest'

A year after a "youth brigade" was formed to tackle instances of harassment of women, especially in slums, the Delhi Commission for Women is looking at expanding the campaign by roping in university students.

As part of the innovative initiative of creating youth brigades to address the issue of crime against women, the Commission along with the Sarojini Naidu Centre for Women's Studies at Jamia Milia Islamia had last year imparted training to men. "Now we are thinking of expanding these brigades and getting new boys to be part of it," says Commission Chairperson Kiran Walia.

About 300 boys associated with different non-government organisations are part of the campaign now. Taking into consideration the interest shown by the young men from universities, the Commission is looking at ways to get them formally associated with the project.

"I have spoken to students from half a dozen institutions and they have shown a willingness to be part of the initiative," says Prof. Walia. "We want these boys to coordinate with the people in the slums. Once the initiative involving students is given a structure they will also work in semi-urban areas," she adds.

These groups will work towards sensitising men about women's issues and creating more awareness about the rights of women. -- P. Anima