Over 500 students from different colleges, youth and student organisations, parents and teachers forums will hold a candlelight vigil at Hutatma Chowk around 12pm on Friday to express their anger over the recent attacks on women in the city and country.
The city has seen a spate of attacks against women recently. A BMM student of Chetna College, Bandra was stabbed by her classmate, a girl from Thane was injured with a screw driver by her boyfriend and a 23-year-old paramedical student was brutally raped in New Delhi.
The idea behind the candlelight march is to change the patriarchal attitude of our society and to urge authorities to formulate laws so that this reform can happen. “Our society has become patriarchal and the system needs to be changed. There is an urgent need to change the mindset of people,’’ said Shyam Sonar, member of a student organisation.
Experts say the boy who stabbed the girl from Chetna College and killed himself should have been given professional counselling. Shobana Vasudevan, principal of RA Podar College, Matunga said, “Principals have the experience to handle such cases, but its better to refer mental health cases to a professional counsellor. In our college, we have tied up with Disha Counselling Service and a professional counsellor visits the college every Thursday. If we get any such complaint from a student or their friends, we refer the child immediately to the counsellor’’ she said. She added that parents are still apprehensive about sending their child for counselling.