National Women Commission Chairman, Mamta Sharma said that there is an urgent need to uproot the illogical and inhuman superstitions like Witch Craft, Female Feticide etc. She added that this could be achieved by adopting the scientific approach by both women and social welfare institutions.
She was addressing Women Empowerment Movement, an event held at M.B College which was organized with the joint association of National Women Commission and Aasra Vikas Sansthan.
She further said, “The active involvement of women in the activities of various political and social platforms is a positive sign for India. The 50% reservation for women in Panchayati Raj Institutions is playing a crucial role in this approach. Indian women have left her marks in every possible field including politics, science, medicine and others. She has become a role model for many and it is the need of hour that men and women should move together for a better world.”
“On 19th November, the awards were presented to the ones who laid an example in the field of Women Empowerment and Women Rights. This event was organized on the 21st anniversary of National Women Commission and it is also the birth date of Late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. The awards were given to inspire and praise the efforts of individuals.”
Udaipur has been considered to organize such event because of high concentration of tribal population and the main aim of the Commission is to enlighten these individuals about their rights. There is also a necessity to check female feticide in these areas and social welfare institutes and women must remain alert on this issue.
A ‘bow and arrow’ was presented to Mamta Sharma in the form of a memento by the tribal women from Kotda region.
Sharma insisted on putting a full stop on immoral acts like sexual harassment, rape, witchcraft and domestic violence and if men start involving in eradicating these social evils then the superstitions like Sati can be easily clogged.
Madhu Mehta, District Head and Sajjan Katara, MLA (Udaipur, Rural) pointed out that unawareness and lack of education is the main cause behind these suffering from social evils. They said, “Women should be fearless and should make optimum utilization of various projects launched for their benefit.”
Educationist Prof. Vijaylaxmi Chauhan, Prof. N.S. Dadheech and Social Worker, Sushma Kumawat also shared a few words with the gathering. Members of various Social Welfare Services and Women Group from Udaipur were present in the event.