Activate Womens’ Grievance Cell: Maha Governor to institutes
K Sankaranarayanan asked educational institutions to ensure that their Womens’ Grievance Cell is active and functional
Mumbai: In the backdrop of increasing crime against women, Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan today asked educational institutions across the state to ensure that their Womens’ Grievance Cell is active and functional.
He also asked educational institutions to infuse confidence among girl students to report incidents like eve-teasing, taunting, use of inappropriate language, indecent gestures, inappropriate contacts to cell etc.
He was speaking at a sensitization workshop on ‘Measures to Tackle the Menace of Sexual Crimes against Women’ at SNDT Women’s University, here. It was organized by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) at the instance of Ministry of Human Resource Development.
On the opening day of the college, all girl students should be assured of their safety and security. They will be acquainted with the mechanism to redress their grievances relating to sexual harassment and violence, he said.
Girls have the right to safe growing and learning, he said. Apart from the government – parents, society and educational institutions – have the responsibility to ensure that girls are safe and supported in their colleges, homes and in society, he said.
The Governor observed that the attitude of society towards women suffers from deep-rooted prejudices and bias. The first survival test a girl has to face is when she is still in her mother’s womb, he said.
The biggest challenge is to change the mindset of society, of parents, of brothers and also of women towards a girl, he said.