‘Laws to check atrocities against women don’t change mindset’
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A seminar themed 'Kanya Bhrun Hatya and Mahila Utpidan' was organized by the Chandigarh Press Club here on Wednesday where the speakers highlighted the need to inculcate the right values amongst the young generation to build a strong and just society for women.
Asha Hooda, vice-president of the Haryana Council for Child Welfare, television actress Meghna Malik, journalist Donna Suri and social activist Harshinder Kaur spoke about the problems and solutions in improving the overall status of women.
"There are laws to check on the atrocities against women and incentives are given at the birth of girl child but that doesn't change the mindset of the people," said Hooda, pointing out the dual character of the society that worships female gods but lacks respect for its women.
Television actress Meghna Malik said that she thought that the auspicious nine days of Navratri should be extended to the whole year and that the issue of girls being eliminated in the womb posed a grave concern. "As an actress I am proud of being part of a serial which had a strong influence on society. I have interacted with young students in my parent state Haryana and they have given me the hope for a change," she said.
Journalist Donna Suri said that the reportage of crime against women has increased in the media, over the years, and stressed that various welfare policies and programmes of the state government require effective implementation.
Social Activist Harshinder Kaur said that according to the World Health Organization (WHO), 68 per cent women were the victims of domestic violence and that India is emerging as one of the most unsafe countries for women.
When asked about the recent spurt of rape cases in Haryana, Asha Hooda said that crime against women is not confined to a particular state, but is a nation-wide problem that can be resolved through collective effort. "Comparison between states on the rising crime statistics is not a solution. We cannot eradicate crime from the society until we change the mindset of people and the women themselves come forward," said Hooda.
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