Female foeticide: Blame system, wrong to hold men only responsible
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Female foeticide: Blame system, wrong to hold men only responsible

December 12, 2023

Addl. SP Dr. B.N. Nandini shares views on cases pertaining to women; lure for shopping online

Mysore/Mysuru: Dr. B.N. Nandini, Additional  Superintendent of Police, rued over women increasingly becoming vulnerable to cyber crime and chain-snatching, depriving the joy of women being treated equally in all the fields nowadays.

She was speaking during the 30th anniversary of Prajna Mahila Samaja, organised at JSS Law College in Kuvempunagar here on Saturday.

“Women can boast of equality and freedom of expression in all the fields like politics, academics, industries and also Government sector, but the lure of shopping online on mobile phone and showy way of displaying valuables have made them the victims of cyber crime and chain snatching respectively,” she added.

Unlike the condition the women were in 75 years ago, there has been a vast improvement in the condition of women in 21st century. There was a time when women had to fight for their right to vote, as is recorded in the annals of history about how women in London had to launch a movement on these lines, recalled the Addl. SP.

Referring to the recent female foeticide racket that is widely being discussed in media from the past 15 days holding men mainly responsible for the same, Dr. Nandini said: “It is wrong to discuss blaming men only, as it is better to hold the system accountable in the case. Women, men, dignitaries and also the elites are involved in this case.”

The practice of child marriage is still prevalent in rural and urban areas, which is indeed a matter for concern even though a law was introduced abolishing child marriage way back in the year  1961 itself. In this year alone, 65 child marriage cases have been registered and two were booked a fortnight ago. The Police encounter challenging moments as they have to deal with emotions, social and economical conditions of the victims, while handling such cases, said Dr. Nandini, who recalled an incident.

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Despite a law that prohibits child marriage, the impoverished parents prefer to marry off their daughters surreptitiously, even before they turn 14 or 16 years of age, only to finish their responsibilities. What would be the future of those girl children if the Police arrest such parents for the offence? If the bread-winner of the family itself is jailed, how can the family sustain? Police face all these questions, while handing those cases, said Dr. Nandini.

Of late, the Government itself is providing several facilities for the uplift of women. Moreover, special emphasis is being laid on providing free education and financial assistance by extending the facility of reservation in employment and political sustainability. With girl children being educated, the incidences of dowry harassment and atrocity have also declined, but we can’t remain ignorant, which may prove dangerous.

She narrated an incident where the girl children take the extreme step of killing self, when there is no way out to escape from the agony in life, with no sources of income for a living.

Dr. Nandini wished Prajna Mahila Samaja, which has completed 30 years, to continue to work for the cause of women empowerment. “In case of any distress, the women can dial Police Control Room (PCR) vehicle 112 for help or contact me over phone,” said Dr. Nandini.

Suttur Seer Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji, Prof. D.S. Guru, DoS in Computer Science, University of Mysore, Dr. K.R. Dakshayani, Dean and Director of Mysore Medical College and Research Institute (MMC&RI), Shyla Nagara, President of Prajna Mahila Samaja, Neelambika Devi Nagaraj, Vice-President, Sujatha Satish, Secretary, Bhramarambha Swamy, Treasurer and Vasantha Mahendra, Joint Secretary, were present.

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