The workshop focused on a wide spectrum of issues pertaining to gender discrimination, crime and atrocities against women including:
· Gender discrimination;
· Crime and atrocities against women;
· Ramification of gender discrimination;
· How to scuttle the menace.
Suwarna, a faculty introduced me to the students. While delivering lecture, I focused on the 2012 statistics of NCRB (National Crime Records Bureau), which reflects a very grim picture pertaining to the crime and atrocities against women in India. About 25 thousand women/ females were inflicted with this heinous crime, every hour three women/ females are subjected to this heinous crime. The statistics revealed shocking picture about dowry deaths, the year saw the death of 8,233 women across the country due to dowry torture/ harassment, every hour we are losing a woman due to the dowry menace.
Statistics on other grave crimes like kidnapping, molestation and sexual harassment, domestic violence too were shared with the students. The presentation also focused on depleting gender sex ratio and why our society perpetuates mass hysteria for a boy child.
How to curb the atrocities against women?
How to curb gender discrimination or atrocities against women? During my presentation I lay emphasis on change in attitude, shift in behavior of society towards females as there is no dearth of laws to check crimes inflicted against women. Research on subject has proved that about 90% of rapes are inflicted by males, including neighbor, classmate, father, uncle, cousin, and friend acquainted to the victim. Solution? Prevention is the best cure. I asked female students not to give leeway to your male friends or relatives to cross ethical limits. Plug the issue then and there. In the same manner all the crimes pertaining to dowry, domestic violence are inflicted by kin of victim. More than law, we need change in attitude of male dominating society towards women.
Dialogue with the student
Had a word with some of the students. Anuradha out rightly said: “She will not accept a boy as her life partner who is more interested in dowry then her personality, education.” Another girl Malaika said: “I will not succumb to any pressure and will not discriminate between a boy child or a girl child.”
Bhavesh shared his views on dowry saying he will not indulge in the practice of dowry. His friend Ashfaq supported his view promising that he will gladly accept a girl in his life with open arms.
Brief introduction, feats about legendary women, including Kiran Bedi, Saina Nehwal, Kalpana Chawala, PT Usha and Madhuri Dixit was shared so as to inspire the students and also to clear the notion that only a boy child can bring name and to family.
During the lecture, I appealed all the students not to indulge in any sort of gender discrimination, and respect the dignity of women.
My objective behind this workshop was to bring out grave facts about gender discrimination/ atrocities in India in public domain, hoping the initiative will alter the attitude about women/girl child in society.
Suwarna presented me a memento. I take this opportunity to appreciate the support extended by Abhijeet Mukherjee, principal and Suwarna. A banner with a message " Crime and Atrocities against Women…Stop violence against Women" was put out by the college to create awareness among students. The whole experience at the college was amazing.