‘Violence against women in Manipur result of commercialisation, globalisation’
Manipur State Commission for Women celebrates 13th Foundation Day
IMPHAL | Sep 15
Manipur State Commission for Women (MSCW) today celebrated its 13th foundation day during a function held at Hotel Imphal.
Set up on September 15, 2006, MSCW is a statutory institution to ensure and safeguard the interests of women in the society.
Speaking at the function as chief guest, Manipur governor, Dr. Najma Heptulla stated that women were held high and enjoys a fair amount of social and economic independence in the Manipuri society. However, the dawn of commercialisation and globalisation have resulted in various forms of crimes and violence against women, she said.
Unfortunately, at this juncture when Manipur is trying hard to catch up in the developmental race, the State has also been experiencing a number of cases of gender based violence such as rape, murder, assault, molestation, kidnapping, date-rape, wife battering, girl child trafficking and so on which happen either in the domestic sphere or in other work places, stated the governor.
Highlighting the atrocities meted out against women, Najma observed that molestation, gang-rape, sexual assaults have been alarmingly increasing in the State in the last few years. Women also suffer from other debilitating challenges which put them at a serious disadvantage. HIV/AIDS infected mothers, sisters, widows and orphans are soft targets for social stigma and discrimination and various forms of related human rights violations, she added.
The governor further stated that despite legislations of many women specific and women related laws to protect women against social discrimination, violence and atrocities and also to prevent social evils like human trafficking, dowry death, rape including date rape and domestic, the full implementation of such laws is still hindered or delayed due to lack of awareness of the existence of such legislations and the rights thereof by the people particularly the women victims.
As such, she urged the commission to explore ways and means to prevent these crimes with the help of Law Enforcing Agencies of the State. She also urged the commission to undertake promotional and educational research so as to suggest ways of ensuring due representation of women in all spheres of life and identify factors responsible for impeding their advancement.
Chief minister, Nongthombam Biren said that women bear the forefront in various fields including education and sports in the state.
Stating that his government is focussed on empowerment of women, he said that the government has introduced many welfare schemes for women.
Under the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ campaign initiated by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, the state government has been giving special priority for girl students in educational institutions. Women markets have also been constructed in the hill districts of the State to bring about economic empowerment of women, he added.
Biren further stated that a special Fast Track Court to deal crimes against women has been established for swift delivery of justice. Besides, women police stations have been set up in various districts of the State, he added.
Stressing on the need to strengthen the commission, the chief minister assured that the vacant members of the commission will be filled up at the earliest.
He also appealed the womenfolk of the society to take special role in rooting out the menace of drugs and intoxicants from the society.
Chairperson, MSCW, Binota Meinam pointed out that use of drugs or intoxicants by men, poverty and the use of internet and social media have been identified to be the main causes of domestic violence against women. As such, she urged the government to take up socio-economic upliftment programmes for women sincerely instead of rendering lip service.
A newsletter titled “Women News Horizon- Vol-III” was released during the function, which was also attended by Member of National Commission for Women, Soso Shaiza among others.
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