Udaipur : Expressing concern over the deteriorated position of woman in the society, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Justice K G Balakrishnan said “ Woman are well off even in neighboring countries like Bangladesh, China and Srilanka as compared to India. In Bangladesh, women do not openly defecate while in our country, even after 67 years of Independence, a large number of population is living in unsafe and unhygienic sorroundings”. Open defecation is rampant due to lack of toilet facilities in large percentage of households in many states. It increases vulnerability of girls to rape, specially in the rural areas’ he said.
Former Chief Justice of India, Balakrishnan was addressing a gathering here on Saturday at a national seminar on ‘ Gender discrimination, Harrassment at work place and Social Intervention’ organized by the Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi and the Rajasthan Vidhyapeeth University. Pointing out the social evils like gender discrimination, early marriages, less access to education to the girl child, domestic violence and harassment at work places, the NHRC chairman said though government measures have not been effective in curbing the evils despite of ample legal provisions for the protection of women, but NGO’s and members of the civil society have done commendable work in creating awareness among the common people. “ Women enjoy better position in Kerala due to their easy access to higher of education and thus education opportunities need to be increased to make them self reliant and confident” Balakrishnan said.
He further said that though the Supreme Court had laid the guidelines ensuring women’s safety at workplace in the famous case of Vishakha Vs. State of Rajasthan in 1997, yet number of cases of harassment at work place have increased. He said crimes against women have increased but police seems to be insensitive to such cases due to traditional and patriarchal mind-sets. Therefore, it should be made more accountable. “We the society are responsible for the sorry condition and there is need to bring about a radical change in the mindset of people to gap the gender discrimination” he said .Dr. Ladkumari Jain, the chairman of the State Women Commission, Prof SS Saragndevot the V-C of Rajasthan Vidyapeeth, Prof N.S. Rao and other dignitaries also addressed on the occasion.