Teach your daughters to be bold to fight against sexual harassment and teach your sons to respect women, exhorted a panel of experts at a meeting on women’s safety. The audience included parents who came together in view of the Delhi gang-rape incident and its repercussions on society at large.
It was organised by All India Institute of Local Self-government and Sphurti Mahila Mandal, Pune.
he meeting was held at the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) building on Tilak Road. Most experts said that victims do not come forward to report such cases and most are unaware of the law.
“Women are not aware of their rights. Currently, I attend workshops on women’s safety. I told the women that if they were threatened with rape, they have the right under Indian Penal Code section 100 to even kill rapists in self-defence. They were shocked. We must make women aware of their rights and make them bold enough to exercise them,” said Shahji Solunke, additional commissioner of police (crime).
NCP MP Vandana Chavan said, “Parents tell their girls to dress conservatively, come home at a certain time. But in case of boys, they give them full freedom. It is time that if we want gender violence to stop, teach boys at home about gender equality. Keep an eye on their movements and make them responsible.”