Strengthen women police stations: ZP


A condolence meeting organized by South Goa Zilla Panchayat at the Ravindra bhavan to protest the Delhi gang rape has called upon the government to strengthen the women police stations with adequate infrastructure; equip the BDOs with additional staff to dispose off cases relating to domestic violence and set up a district unit of Women’s Commission in South Goa.
 The meeting was unanimous of the view that strict laws alone would not help curb atrocities against women, while underlining the need to spread awareness in the society to treat women with respect and dignity on par with men.
Health Minister, Laxmikant Parsekar has said that atrocities against women would continue unless there is a change in the mindset of society to look at women with respect. “Cases against women will come down only when society gives women their rightful place. This can be achieved only through awareness in the society”, he said.
Parsekar said that women have made rapid advances in various spheres of life and cited the case of the recent recruitment of doctors in the health services. “We have recruited around 100 doctors. Of these, almost 75 per cent are women. For admissions to medical college, the ration of women to men is 75:25”, he said.
In his address, Sanguem MLA Subhash Faldessai said the government should enact laws to protect women from various atrocities, while calling for awareness amongst the society.
In his address, South Goa ZP Chairperson Nelly Rodrigues said that what has happened in Delhi should not be allowed to repeat anywhere. “This injustice against women should end immediately. Government should beef up infrastructure at the police stations and set up a woman’s commission unit in south Goa”, she added.
The participants lit candles and observed a minute silence as a mark of respect to the victim while demanding justice for her. [H]