Seminar on 'missing women' concludes in city

Home minister congratulates women for their achievements

Perhaps taking the resolutions of the seminar two steps behind by pointing fingers at the parents who ‘do not want girl children’ owing to social pressures, home minister R Ashoka said young people leave home ‘with a dream in their heart’.

He said government alone cannot do much till the parents become aware of the potential of girls who have gone on to achieve greater feats.

He was addressing the participants of seminar on ‘Missing girls and Women: Issues and implications’ organised under the aegis of Karnataka State Commission for Women and Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, University of Mysore at Rani Bahadur auditorium in Manasagangothri here on Tuesday.

Stating that the seminar had to find ways and means of bringing the women who go missing, back into main stream by ways of establishing either rehabilitation homes for them or arming them with skills that can help them being financially independent, Ashoka said majority of the women who go missing from home, can be traced.

Appreciating the heights women had scaled in the recent past, Ashoka said in the recent passing out parade of IPS officers he attended in Mysore, he found that half of 16 IPS officers were women.

“Women soldiers guard our Wagah border, where Pakistan and Indian flags fly high. They have such stern focus and even handle AK 47,” he said.

Another speaker on the occasion, Dr R Balasubramaian of V-LEAD said the word ‘missing’ had to be seen in larger perspective. “Don’t narrow down the definition. The actual thing that needs discussion is the fact that millions of women, who could have been alive today, were killed even before they were born. We need solutions to change this mindset,” he said.

Chairperson of State Women’s Commission Manjula said she had sought a survey report from university on missing cases and the factors that led to this decision of many girls/women. “Final report would be available in a week. We do know academic pressure, media and infatuation/love are the main factors that lead to girls leaving home. But domestic violence and diminishing social support is what forces elder women to go missing,” she said.

Guarding girls

That Women’s Commission chairperson is a woman of straight words is a fact. She is also known for her ‘mincing no words’ talk, and calling spade a spade. But, this has probably got the best of her when she went on to say on Tuesday that State government had to depute two policemen around colleges for girls for their ‘safety’ since too many men were loitering around the premises.

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