It is ironical that a country which worships a large number of goddesses also has a series of expletives denigrating women. The choicest of abuses are about mothers and sisters. To end such open abuse of women, a city-based NGO has decided to start a Gaali Bandh campaign in colleges.
“During a fight or an argument, people use abusive words with offensive references to women. This should stop; people must learn to respect women instead of using abusive words against them or depicting them in a bad way. The campaign will start once colleges reopen in a few days,” said Nandita Shah, coordinator, Akshara Centre.
There have been protests across the country condemning the rape of a 23-year-old student in Delhi and demanding measures to ensure the safety of women. Akshara’s campaign aims to stem the rot early.
“We have taken the help of an experimental theatre where we will enact a 10-15-minute play on the issue. We have tied up with most colleges and have also approached the college unit of the National Service Scheme,” Shah told DNA.
The Gaali Bandh campaign is a good idea to shape impressionable minds, said educationists. “Looking at the current scenario, it is a very good idea to run such a campaign. Whenever people abuse, the words make a derogatory reference to mothers and sisters which is not good. We support the campaign,” said Dr Rajpal Hande, director, board of college and university department.
Sunny Chakor, an FYJC student at Sydneham college, Churchgate, says: “It is relevant for today’s generation. I will support the campaign and also ask my friends not to use abusive words with references to women.”