The Maharashtra State Commission for Women plans to launch several initiatives soon.
Under its ‘Ignore No More’ campaign, girls in BMC schools will be given training in self-defence by Mumbai police. The drive, which is panel chairperson Susieben Shah’s brainchild, will start on August 21.
The commission in coordination with the Mumbai police and the BMC hopes to target students from classes VII to X. Shah also informed the media on Wednesday that the commission, which has disposed of nearly 1,000 complaints this year (almost half of the grievances received), plans to launch a book on legal rights of women.
The book proposes to educate women on lodging complaints, their property rights within families, custodial issues of children and more. Shah also said that ‘Ignore No More’ posters will soon be pasted at all police stations. The posters will contain cellphone numbers of the members and the chairperson of the commission. Women, who face trouble getting complaints registered at police stations, will be able to contact the panel members directly for assistance.
The commission has written to political parties to constitute an internal complaints committee to address sexual harassment issues. Shah has written to the Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority to reserve flats in their projects for women victims of violence.
This article originally appeared in The Times of India. Click here to read the original article.