Mahila Dasara to delve on atrocities against women

Karate camp, competition for transgenders to be held

Eminent women writers and activists from around the State will deliberate at a State level workshop on ‘Precautionary measures to prevent atrocities against women and children’.

State Women’s Commission chairperson Manjula Manasa, writers B T Lalitha Nayak, Gauri Lankesh and activist Sunanda Jayaram will take part.

The workshop is scheduled to be held at Cauvery auditorium, Karnataka State Open University on September 27. Addressing a press meet, Sujatha Venkataraju, president of Mahila Dasara sub-committee, said that most of the programmes to be held as part of Mahila Dasara will concentrate on growing incidences of crimes against women and raise awareness against the same.

Accordingly, a two wheeler jatha will also be taken out from Kote Anjaneyaswamy temple to J K Grounds.

Karate camp

A five day Karate camp has also been organised by the sub-committee as part of Mahila Dasara. The camp will be held at J K Grounds in the city from September 26 to 29, where participants will be taught basic self-defence techniques by noted trainers. The camp will be open to all women, she said.

Several other programmes, scheduled as part of Mahila Dasara too will add colour to the celebrations. An exhibition of different articles manufactured by women’s self-help groups and other women’s organisations, in association with Karnataka State Development Board, will also be held for all the five days of Mahila Dasara.

A fashion designing contest on the theme, ‘Brides of India’, for women between the age group of 18-35 years, sports events, mehendi competition and others will also be held.

Transgenders Games for transgenders will be held on September 29 at J K Grounds. Events such as running race, ball in the bucket, musical chair and others have been organised. “This is for the first time events are being organised for transgenders during Dasara,” said Sujatha.

Programmes of Mahila Dasara will be inaugurated by Kannada and Culture Minister Umashree on September 26.

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