Discussions, debates and introspection on various aspects of safety, security, growth and development of a girl child on a particular day make little difference; what is required is continuous dialogue and monitoring of progress in creation of equal opportunities, opined Chiranjeevi Chowdary, commissioner, women and child welfare.
He was speaking at an event here organised to celebrate the National Girl Child Day, the day commemorating former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s first day at office, with an aim to create awareness against issues of inequality, education, child abuse, etc.
He added that only education and implementation of legislation could lead to welfare and development of girls. He noted that crime against women and children have been rising. Creation of equal opportunity for all should start from family, he said
Dr Mamatha Raghuveer, chairperson, child welfare committee, Warangal, also gave safety tips to girls.
The Andhra Pradesh Balala Hakkula Sangham launched a new programme for training one lakh girls in martial arts across the state.
Suman Sayani, eminent psychologist, said that most of the atrocities against girls include an interesting aspect of ‘luring’. She said girls need to be mentally strong, alert along with physically being strong for which she said martial arts was the best solution.
Advocate Ramya Kumari asked girls not to feel shy to approach the police in case of untoward incidents. ‘’Harassment, be it in family, school or outside, one should be able to stand up for self first. Law speaks only after the crime, being cautious is our duty,” she said.
Over 400 girls from across the city participated to share their perceptions about changing dynamics of society. They spoke about various atrocities they experienced in life.