“Though India achieved independence in 1947. The governing bodies which were the tools to implement the principles of the Constitution have failed to ensure women sense of security, liberty and peaceful co-existence,” said Assistant Prof Kuvempu Kannada Studies Department Dr N K Lolakshi here on Sunday.
She was speaking after inaugurating a felicitation programme to mark the International Women’s Day organised by Karnataka Rajya Sarvajana Mahila Hitharakshana Vedike at Rotary Hall.
Addressing the gathering she said that women have achieved feats that was earlier thought to be only the male bastion. Today, women were making strides on par with their male counterparts in all spheres. A woman assumes several roles and responsibilities in both personal and professional life.
Reacting to a recent court order which says that women who do not look after their in laws can be divorced. In that case what if the girl is the only daughter to her parents? Is it not the responsibility of the husband to look after them? she questioned.
Writer Prof K R Premaleela said that gender inequality was a glaring fact in India. The ill treatment starts from womb and continues till tomb. Despite stringent laws to curtail female foeticide, the existence of the girl child continues to be threatened. Gender equality can be attained only when there is peaceful co-existence between man and woman. Men should be sensitized about the rights of women, she added.
On the occasion, Vikhyath C, S Pratheek Gowda, Dhanush K S, Vidhyadhara S , Vinay H A were honoured with “Chiguru Rathna” award while Vinay Raj H S, Ranjani N , B S Sahana Sharma, Ambika V, N Dhanush, V Kailash, Preethu Manjunath were honoured with “Sadhana Rathna” award. C Vaniraghavendra was honoured with “Sahithya Shree”, Lalitha with “Prathibha Rathna”, Chithra Nanjappa and Vidushi Vijayalakshmi P H with “Shikshana Rathna.”
State President of Karnataka Rajya Sarvajana Mahila Hitharakshana Vedike Yashodha Narayan, General Secretary Latha Ranganath and District President Amitha Subbaiah were present.