“The status of women in Indian society has improved during the last decades, but the future challenges remain as daunting as earlier. So women need to take problems as challenges and move forward” opined Manjula Manasa, Chairman of Karnataka State Women Commission, on Friday.
She was speaking after inaugurating a one day workshop on ‘21st Century Social Challenges for Women’ organised by Women forum of JSS Arts, Commerce and Science College as part of the centenary celebrations of Dr Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Swamiji.
She said that crime against women has gone up significantly in the country, more cases of molestation, domestic violence, stalking and rape are being reported according to police data. The last few years have witnessed some astonishing acts of violence against women and children. To make women meet all these challenges, teachers should create awareness among the children at an early age. Seminars, debates and workshops like this will help mould opinions among children. However, harassment at schools exposes the sorry state of educational institutions in the country.
She lamented that the status of working women is even worse. Most of the working women are depressed and have failed to protest against the harassment at work place. “Women should be oriented to help themselves”, she added.
Chief Executive of JSS College Prof C Sambashivaiah, Corporator Rathnamma Shanthaveerendra Swamy, Principal Prof M Mahadevappa, HoD of Economics Prof D S Sadashivamurthy and others were present.