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‘Special programmes needed to alter male mindset’

Tuesday, 8 January 2013 - 6:22pm IST | Place: Pune | Agency: DNA
After the Delhi gang-rape girl incident, the girl students in Pimpri Chinchwad have become more concerned about their safety.

After the Delhi gang-rape girl incident, the girl students in Pimpri Chinchwad have become more concerned about their safety. This fact was revealed at the ‘Nirbhaya Bana’ (Be Bold) seminar held at Bhosari on Monday. Nearly 400 girls from Rajmata Jijau Arts, Commerce and Science from senior colleges shared the problems faced by them in day-to-day lives at the seminar.

Girls have started carrying helpline numbers and packets of chilly powder along with them. Besides, they are also approaching the local corporators for their safety from eve-teasers.

The girls, who attended the seminar, demanded that special programmes  should be arranged to change the attitude of boys towards girls. They also called for a separate helpline to tackle family molestation cases.

The women journalists association of Pimpri Chinchwad are organising the five-day series of ‘Nirbhay Bana’ seminars at different colleges in Pimpri-Chinchwad area. Professor Shaileja Sangle, police inspectors Smita Kalbhor, Shaileja Sawant and Rupali Bobade guided the collegians. Pimpri Chinchwad mayor Mohini Landge inaugurated the first seminar at Bhosari.

Supriya Badgir, senior college student, said, “When we attend evening classes in groups, strangers deliberately try to enter in the group to trouble us. But now we have started carrying chilly powder packets in the bag to keep them at bay. If we neglect them, they trouble us more.”

Another student Pooja Gaikwad, said, “When a group of road Romeos try to trouble us, we seek help from local corporators and it works out. This boosts our confidence to fight against vices in the society.”

Pranita Landge, another student, said, “Misconception about police, prevents women from approaching them. Besides, the fear of losing prime years in fighting the case in court also prevents us from approaching the authorities.”

Suman Yadav, first year science student, said, “If a girl complains against a boy, the general attitude of the society is to hold the girl responsible. People rarely consider the girl’s side and therefore there is need to spread awareness among the society.”


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