Dowry menace still prevalent in every community: Meera Saxena

Dowry menace still prevalent in every community: Meera Saxena

"Number of foeticides, especially female foeticides, have been increasing day-by-day and most of those involving in such heinous crime are the families of the victim. The menace of dowry is prevalent in every community and this is a big torture for women", lamented State Human Rights Commission Chairperson Meera Saxena.

Speaking at a programme organised to inaugurate the district unit of 'Human Rights Protection & Corruption Eradication Bureau', at Parijat Kalyan Mantap in Hiriyur in Chitradurga district on Friday evening, she said that each one of us have the right to live. But practices like child labour, prostitution, human trafficking, Devadasi, manual scavenging and the like question the right to live. Traditions like child marriage take away the education rights of children, especially girls. Girls become physically and mentally weak by it. Not treating a child properly because it is a girl child is also torturing. Such social menace can be checked and progress can be achieved only when women unite and fight against it.

She said that many people including the educated ones lack awareness on human rights. While those unaware must be told about it, those aware of it must oppose whenever they come across cases of violation of human rights. They must seek legal help for this. She added that all physically challenged persons, religious minorities and sexual minorities have equal rights and people must not look at them with disgrace.

Ms Saxsena said that there are laws protecting senior citizens but still there are a number of cases where senior citizens are harassed and assaulted by the family itself. Such issues can be solved by the committee formed under the presidentship of the deputy commissioner.

She said that government employees not responding to the problems of the public is also violation of human rights. Therefore, government employees must respond to the problems of the people and earn respect and love.

She also informed that a lesson on human rights is being included in text books to make children aware.

District Sessions Court judge S B Vastramutt said that corruption is growing at a rapid speed in the society and greed of man is main reason for this. Just taking bribe is not corruption. Not disposing off files on time is also form of corruption. Authorities must not step backward in registering cases of human rights violation. In case of exploitation by the police, people can bring it to the notice of other authorities by dropping in a written complaint in the complaint box kept in the court premises. Uneducated people can directly approach the judge and lodge a complaint.

Deputy Commissioner V V Jyotsna said that parents must not force their dreams and aspirations on their children. They must allow the child to think independently and take right decisions. She said that people must lead an honest and respectful life.

Corporation Commissioner Ramesh Sunagar, Human Rights Protection & Corruption Eradication Bureau State President Pradeepkumar, Navayuga Shobha, Senior Civil judge Santosh Palled, Tahsildar Venkateshaiah, T Pandurangaiah, L Madhusudan and others were present.

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