Exhibition highlights violence against women

The rising incidents of sexual abuse and violence against women and minor girls have been causing a serious concern to all sections of society.

According to the National Crime Records Bureau data, sexual abuse of women have gone up by 12-15 per cent in the recent past and other crimes have risen by three to five per cent. Sexual abuse in India remains widespread despite tightening of rape laws in 2013.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has taken up this issue stating that this was the most disturbing trend witnessed in the country.

The State unit of the party has organised a State-level conference to highlight the issue of sexual abuse and violence against women and minor girls in Salem on Tuesday.

In the wake of the conference, the Tamil Nadu Progressive Writers and Artistes Association and the Students Federation of India (SFI), both affiliated to the CPI (M), on Monday brought up an exhibition of posters and photos to explain the seriousness of the problem and to create awareness among the entire community on the need to put an end to this menace .

The banners and placards explained the various forms of crime being perpetrated against women and girls and the need to empower them to check this trend.

A poster stated that 21 women get killed every day in the country due to the dowry related harassment and violence. A minor girl was subjected to sexual abuse for every 15 minute, it said.

The organisers called for posters and banners highlighting the sufferings of women and girls from school and college students.

The banners of students with attractive messages were also displayed at the exhibition.

The banners and study materials brought out by the State Child Protection Society found prominent place in the exhibition hall. The posters explained the Protection of Children and Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 and its salient features.

The exhibition was inaugurated by Aadavan Deekshanya, State general secretary of the Tamil Nadu Progressive Writers and Artistes Association.

M. Kannan, State vice-president of the SFI, poet Niraimathi, district secretary of the Association, and I. Gnanasoundari, district secretary of the All India Democratic Women’s Association, were present.

The expo will be continued on Tuesday too.

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