Increase in crime against women has been a major concern and to educate women about their legal rights on how to defend against the injustice, Maharashtra State Commission for Women (MSC) initiated a unique initiative, ‘Ignore No More’ which encouraged the women to find practical solutions to their challenges.
As a part of the campaign, self-defense workshops were organized in civic schools. Susieben Shah, chairperson of the women commission informed, “Initially, the workshop were organized at civic schools in Mumbai and at a later stage, we will proceed to Thane civic schools as we aim to keep this campaign on for next three months.”
The commission had spearheaded the workshop for school girls of class VII to XI, which was included as an integral part of the school curriculum. Actress Rani Mukherjee kick-started the event and also launched a handbook ‘Known your Rights’ made by commission to spread legal awareness among women.
Talking about the contents of the handbook, commission member said, “The handbook covers every subject and includes topics like matrimonial rights of women, rights of mothers to custody of children, rights of women in invalid marriages or live-in relationships, rights of women in NRI marriages, rape and sexual offence, women’s right to property, rights of working women, reproductive rights of women and special rights of women in the criminal justice system.”
The workshop was conducted by trained self- defense teachers from Mumbai police for the young school girls. The posters of ‘Ignore No More’ were pasted at all police stations with contact numbers of members and chairperson of the commission. Women who face trouble in getting their complaint registered can directly reach the panel members for help.
In an another move, Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) had asked the corporators to install CCTVs at prominent places in their wards to keep a check on miscreants in the area. In Brahmand, CCTVs have already been installed and few eve-teasers were arrested this month. The group used to pass lewd comments to school girls and other ladies. The activity was caught on camera and even girls complained about the problem. The corporators said that they would install the camera in their areas very soon and ensure proper monitoring of the same.
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