HYDERABAD: The Progressive Organisation of Women (POW), Telangana State Committee, has given a call for observing December 16 as a ‘Day of Struggle against Sexual Violence against Women’ as a mark of respect to the Delhi gang-rape victim, Nirbhaya.
POW president G Jhansi and general secretary Ch Aruna said in a release that this Tuesday (December 16) would be the second death anniversary of Nirbhaya, who was brutally gang-raped and killed in a moving bus in New Delhi. They wanted that the day be observed as a Day against Sexual Violence against Women in different spheres - public places, work places, homes etc. - particularly Dalit women.
Jhansi and Aruna recalled that the Centre had, under public pressure, formed the Justice Verma Commission following Nirbhaya’s death. “But several recommendations made by the commission for the safety of women in the country have been overlooked.
The Act on sexual harassment at work place is pro-employer and anti-woman employee. Registration of cases in sexual violence is still carelessly done, and speedy justice is delayed except in certain high profile cases,” they alleged.
The POW leaders vowed to continue their struggle against sexual violence and demanded an end to honour killings also.