Seminar will discuss rights of the girl child
The India Eye International Human Rights Observer (IHRO) will organise a seminar on 11 October to deliber- ate upon numerous issues concerning the girl child.
The event, named “Betiyaan”, will be held at the India Islamic Cultural Centre in the national capital. Governor of Goa Mridula Sinha will be the chief guest at the seminar.
India Eye IHRO managing director Rakesh Sharma said that the idea behind organising the seminar is to highlight the need to give equal rights to girls. “Female foeticide is a big problem in India, as a result of which the sex ratio has got disturbed. There has to be a change in the mindset of the people towards the girl child if we want to build an equitable society,” Sharma said.
Talking about female foeticide, he said it is not only criminal to the girl who would have been born, but also to society. He said a large number of women achievers would be honoured during the event and their success stories would be distributed among the participants. There will also be a panel discussion titled “Equal Access to Opportunity=Women Empowerment”.
Some of the women achiev- ers who will be honoured during the event are Sadhvi Ritambhara (social worker), Supriya Sahu (DG, Doordarshan), Sangeeta Gupta (chief commissioner, Income Tax), S. I. Padmavati (cardiologist), Mridula Garg (author), Mrinal Pande ( journalist), Kirti Kulhari (actor), Chhaya Ganguli (ghazal singer), Mithali Raj (captain of the Indian women’s cricket team), Meenakshi Arora (advocate) and Madhu Jain (textile conservationist). Men travelling in coaches reserved for women in Delhi Metro may be a daily occurrence, but the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has penalised only 23,307 men for the offence between 2014 till February this year. According to the latest DMRC data acquired by way of RTI, in 2014, 12,272 men were penalised for unlawful entry into coaches reserved for women. However, the figure came down drastically to 5,904 men being penalised in 2015, while in 2016, 4,634 were charged and till February 2017, 497 men were made to pay fine for the offence.
However, commuters say that the decrease in the number of men being penalised does not necessarily mean that fewer men violate the law, as it is a daily occurrence, which often leads to unpleasant arguments. The amount of fine collected under this offence by DMRC was Rs 12,43,600 in 2014, Rs 9,60,800 in 2015, Rs 13,22,400 in 2016 and Rs 8,10,200 in 2017.
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