The youth has woken up to the rising voices protesting crimes against women.
This has been refected in the upcoming youth festivals hosted by city colleges.
Instead of the regular revelry, the annual festivals this year are themed around rape and molestation.
BMM students of Akbar Peerbhoy College, Grant Road, are busy preparing for ‘Horrors of life’, a debate at its annual festival JAM.
The discussion will revolve around crimes against women and the failed system. The event is slated for January 12, Youth Day, which is celebrated across India on Swami Vivekanand’s birthday.
This year is Vivekanand’s 150th birthday.
“The ‘Horrors of Life’ is the theme of JAM where dozens of colleges are invited to participate. Instead of intellectual ones, we want to initiate a discussion among youngsters about real issues as it affects hundreds of women around us,” said Shezaad Shaikh, a final year BMM student and member of the festival committee.
Rizvi College of Law, Bandra, is conducting a special inter-collegiate parliamentary debate competition on ‘new rape laws’ on January 8 during its annual sports-cultural festival ‘Just-ice’. Students will draft a recommendation letter based on the debate and submit it to the Union home ministry.
Jai Hind, SIES, VJTI, SPN Doshi Women’s College and Joshi Bedekar College have already started debates and awareness programmes on women safety.
There are some students who don’t want to “talk” but “do” something.
Nitin Bijewar, professor of physics, led a peace march of students and teachers from the Kalina campus of the Mumbai university to Santa Cruz station on Thursday.
“Most women don’t know about their rights. We are going to sensitise them,” added Bijewar, who ahs been guiding students in this initiative.