'Boycott those who commit crimes against women'

'Boycott those who commit crimes against women'

Women not safe inside their own homes, Manjula Manasa

Chairperson of State Women’s Commission Manjula Manasa on Saturday gave a clarion call to the public to socially boycott those people who indulge in crimes against women.

Addressing the students after inaugurating the coaching camp for job aspirants in the Police department, organised by the Competitive Exams Coaching Centre at Karnataka State Open University (KSOU), in the city, Manasa highlighted the travails of women, many of whom weren’t even safe within their own homes, she said. It was unfortunate that cases of girls being sexually assaulted by their fathers and brothers, were on the rise.

Quoting reports, Manasa said a rape was reported every 15 minutes in the nation, female foeticide every 20 minutes, sexual harassment in every 40 minutes, and murder (of women) in every 16 minutes. Yet, conviction rate in women related crimes were low. She thereby called upon the citizens to take law into their own hands.

Referring to recent cases, Manasa said among the pending 42 cases involving juvenile offenders, 10 were accused of rape. However, Manasa expressed helplessness in curbing child marriages. Instead of waiting for the intervention of law, people should play a role in creating awareness against child marriage, Manasa suggested.

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