- Gender discrimination;
- Crime and atrocities against women;
- Ramification of gender discrimination;
- How to scuttle the menace;
- Brief speech on legendary women in India, including Kiran Bedi, Mary Kom and Indra Nooyi.
My objective is 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.
I wanted to launch my dream project in the incredible, historical city of Agra, wherein I have been brought up, received education, spent my childhood days. However, just like any other individual I too came across hurdles while taking appointment for presentation. Some colleges took refuge under procrastination and asked me to call after July, while some asked to share the copy before they allow me to render presentation.
While taking appointment, I came across KP Engineering College, located on Agra-Firozabad road. Had a discussion with Dr. Sudheer Kumar Sharma, professor and March 18 was designated him for the presentation. Right from the beginning, the college demonstrated confidence in my presentation.
While focusing on crime and atrocities I shared the horrific 2011 statistics of NCRB (National Crime Records Bureau) which reflects that the year saw the registration of 24,206 cases of rape against women across the country, every month about 2017 women are being raped. The statistics revealed shocking picture about dowry deaths, the year saw the registration of 8,618 cases of dowry death across the country, every month about 718 women succumb to dowry death. Statistics on other grave crimes like kidnapping, molestation and sexual harassment too were shared with audience. The presentation also focused on depleting gender sex ratio and why our society perpetuates mass hysteria for a boy child.
How to curb gender discrimination? 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 on women. Research on the subject has proved that about 90% of rapes are inflicted by males, including father, uncle, cousin, 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.
Had a word with Yash, a student, and asked if he would indulge in dowry practice. After maintaining pause for couple of minutes, he said: “I will not demand any dowry.” “I will not discriminate between a girl or a boy child,” he replied when asked if he had any preference for a child. Sachee, a female student when asked if she would harass her would be sister-in-law for dowry said: “I will respect my sister in law; dowry will never be our priority.”
Ms Chakreshwari introduced me to the audience, comprising around 200 engineering students, lecturers, professors and senior management. Mr. Prashant Agarwal, chairman welcomed me with the bouquet. Mr. Sushil Kumar Gupta, Director, Training and Placement, Raghvendra Singh Tomar, Head, Training and Placement, Dr. Sudheer Kumar Sharma, faculty among others were present during the presentation. Mr. Sushil appreciated my modest endeavor and offered support in future too.
At the end, I expressed my heartfelt gratitude towards management for allowing me to render presentation. The whole experience at the college was great, enriching.
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