Writers and theatre artistes in Pune on Monday demanded maximum punishment for the perpetrators of the Delhi rape incident and decided to send a letter pressing for this demand to prime minister Manmohan Singh.
Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad, Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Natya Parishad Pune Branch, Samwad Pune, Bharat Natya Mandir, Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Balkumar Sahitya Sanstha, Sneha Ekpatri Kalakar Sanghatana and various organisations related to literary world and Marathi theatre had assembled at Balgandharva Rangmandir to condemn the Delhi rape incident and express their solidarity with the family members of the victim.
Sunil Mahajan, Rajani Bhat, Pratibha Date, Yogesh Soman, Prakash Bhonde, Bhalchandra Panse, Ravi Kalele, Vandan Nagarkar, Santosh Chordia and others attended the meeting.
Madhavi Vaidya, the Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad executive president, said it was not only a matter of shame for society but more shameful for men who did not act to save the victim. She said, “The incident proved that despite expansion of the education sector, one cannot ensure bringing about rich culture in society and we have failed in achieving a goal of developing a cultured society through education.’’
Noted writer NM Joshi said that those who work in the field of education, art and culture as well as literature should create an atmosphere so that society will oppose such crimes if they happen in the future.
Milind Joshi said despite the fact that there was multi-fold increase in the field of education, there was need for creating social conscience on such issues which would outrightly oppose such crimes.
Satish Desai said the heinous crime has resulted in creating a sense of defeat in the minds of sensitive people and it also results in losing faith in judicial system and hence, the perpetrators should get maximum punishment.
Damini Brigade to help women in distress
Shiv Sena corporator Sulbha Ubale has taken the initiative of bringing women of Pimpri-Chinchwad together to establish ‘Damini Brigade’ to help women falling pray to violence and sexual offences.
A function to launch the brigade and release its helpline numbers was held on Monday at Kasturi Market in Chikhali.
Women attending the function took oath to ensure safety of all women and provide them security. A rally was also held to spread awareness about women’s safety. The 24-hour helpline numbers of Damini Brigade are : 8605155050, 9604676962, 9657975963, 9850240999, and 9890197917.
Suggestions sought for amending laws
The Jijau Mahila Pratishthan has organised a seminar on women’s safety and security at Meghaji Lokhande Bhavan, Pimpri at 11 pm on Tuesday.
The government has set up a committee under former Chief Justice of India Justice JS Verma, which is inviting suggestions on amending criminal laws related to the safety and security of women. The recommendations and suggestions made by participants of the seminar will be sent to the committee.
Women from different fields and college students will take part in the seminar, informed founder president of Jijau Mahila Pratishthan Seema Savale. For details, call on 9922501607.