Noting that progress cannot be made by neglecting half of the population of the society, speakers at a programme organised by the All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board today said there is a need to sensitise men to check crimes against women.
Speaking on the eve of International Women's Day, Padma Bhushan awardee Indrajeet Kaur said women created the society and progress cannot be achieved by neglecting them.
The social activist said the ills prevailing in the society were responsible for increasing crime against women and people should give a serious thought to finding a solution to them.
Kaur said in a country like India where women have been accorded the status of goddesses, their poor condition was unfortunate.
Educationist Naeema Khatoon said on one hand the society reveres women as goddesses, on the other it discriminates against them. All parents ask their daughters to return home before dusk but do not say the same to their sons, she said.
Khatoon said there was a need to sensitise youths to protect women as it would help prevent incidents like the Nirbhaya gangrape case and added that discrimination against women is rampant even at workplaces.
Former Vice-Chancellor of Lucknow University G B Pattnaik said there was a myth in society that women were lagging behind, in reality the society itself is backward and added that now women are competing with men in every sector.
Chairperson of All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board Shaista Amber said harassment of women continues despite stringent laws and to end it children should be taught to respect women.