Sem­i­nar will dis­cuss rights of the girl child

The Sunday Guardian - - Nation -

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.

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to

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