Karnataka must consider 33 percent quota for women in police department, said Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi.
She was delivering the valedictory address of at the golden jubilee celebrations of JSS College of Arts, Science and Commerce, here on Friday.
She said: “Seven states have already agreed to the ministry’s suggestion on reserving 33% for women in police department but Karnataka government has not responded to the recommendation made by the Centre. I urge the state government to consider the suggestion of the ministry which would result in less harassment to women in the state.”
Elaborating on her ministry’s initiatives and programmes, she said, “More than two lakh women have already registered under Mahila e- Haat which is an online marketing platform launched by the ministry for the benefit of women. We have already launched a programme named Support to Training and Employment Programme for Women (STEP) under which interested NGOs or institutions can take up job-oriented training for women. We offer a grant of Rs 30 lakh.”
Sharing information on the e-box initiative launched recently by the ministry to protect children who have been molested, she said, “It is sad to tell that over eight lakh complaints have already been received within a span of just two weeks. In many cases of molestation, the perpetrators are known members who create an embarrassing situation to the victims and most of them don’t complain. E-box thus acts as a confidential platform to lodge their complaints.”
Minister for Cooperation H S Mahadeva Prasad released a souvenir Suvarna Deepthi on the occasion and ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar and University of Mysore Vice-Chancellor Prof K S Rangappa released books titled Sharana Samskruthi- Sahitya-vimarshe, vyaktichithragalu and pauranika Drushyapatha on the occasion.
Suttur Seer Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji, PWD and District In-charge Minsiter Dr H C Mahadevappa, Executive secretary Dr C G Betsurmath, Principal M Mahadevappa, Chief executive Prof B V Sambashivaiah and others were present.