CM Siddaramaiah was speaking at a workshop on Women and Women Laws in the backdrop of Human Rights’
Advocating the inter-cast marriages in the State, Chief Minister Siddaramiah said that the eradication of honour killing was only possible if there was a rise in inter-cast marriages. He said that his government extends all its support to such marriages.
Speaking after inaugurating a two-day Mysuru Divisional-level workshop on ‘Women and Women Laws in the backdrop of Human Rights’, organised by the Karnataka State Commission for Women, Department of Women and Child Welfare, Bengaluru, Mysuru District Administration, Zilla Panchayat, Mysuru City Corporation and University of Mysore, Siddaramiah said that honour killing had become a trend with number of cases being reported across the State. “It need to be stopped and those who are behind such inhuman act should be brought to book and awarded with the stringent punishment,” he said.
Siddaramaiah said that the best way to eradicate honour killing was to encourage inter-cast marriages. “I see inter-cast marriages as the best solution to end honour killing. This brings equality among the casts and the State government has all its support to such marriages. To encourage people marrying outside their castes, the government, in its recently announced budget, has increased the stipend amount for the couples,” the CM said.
He further said that men and women ought to fight against female foeticides as the society can only progress if the number of men and women population is equal. “Any civilised society comprises 50 percent of men and women. The number has been decreasing over the years and the women ratio has drastically declined. Rampant increase in the female foeticides is the root of the cause and a matter of concern which need immediate attention,” he said.
Stressing the need for an attitudinal change among men towards women, he said that women, since centuries, had been seen as second class citizens. He called for the annihilation of gender-based discrimination and underlined the importance of education and awareness for the same.
‘Women mentally stronger than men’
There was a preset understanding about women that they were weak compared to their counterparts. But if you go by their mental strength, women were stronger. They had strong will power unlike men as it was always men who succumb to all the bad habits, Siddaramaiah said.
Siddaramiah further said that there were a lot of laws for safety of women and the State government was committed to their safety. He invited suggestions and recommendations from the women panel after the completion of the workshop and assured that they would be considered.
Prior to the workshop, students of University College of Fine Arts staged a play highlighting the crimes women were subjected to including honour killing and domestic violence. The crux of the play was to create awareness among people about rights of women and the responsibility of society to uphold them.
Revenue and District In-charge Minister V Srinivas Prasad, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao, Minister for Women and Child Welfare, Umashree, MLAs Vasu, M K Somashekhar and Tanveer Sait, MLCs Dharmasena and Tara Anuradha, Chairperson, Karnataka State Commission for Women, Manjula Manasa, University of Mysore Vice Chancellor Prof K S Rangappa, Deputy Commissioner C Shikha, MCC Commissioner Dr C G Betsurmath, Mysuru Urban Development Authority President K R Mohan, Deputy Mayor Vanita Prasanna were present.