Lack of awareness, a cause of women exploitation, says Rahatkar

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Nashik : Maharashtra State Women’s Commission chairperson Vijaya Rahatkar has strongly expressed her displeasure over role of various committees formed to address issues relating to women.

Rahatkar said that there are a number of internal committees existing in government and semi-government offices to deal with various contentious issues confronting today’s women including violence against women, sexual harassment, exploitation, discrimination etc. “Lack of awareness among women about these committees and also the non-effectiveness of these committees is causing delay in justice to women,” said Rahatkar.

She was addressing a training workshop at Karmaveer Dadasaheb Wagh auditorium here on the topic “Empowerment of women’s grievance redressal committees” designed for working women in various government and semi government offices under Nashik division.

“The commission is planning to unite all the constituents of the society through launching of public movement like People United Against Sexual Harassment (PUSH). Not only through government offices, public awareness will also be spread with the help of universities, colleges, schools and private sector,” Rahatkar said.

She further disclosed that to spread awareness as many as 15,000 people have been trained by organising training workshops at 11 universities in the state. “There should mandatorily be grievance redressal committees in every government and non-govt offices. The aggrieved woman can file complaint of harassment with these committees,” she said.

The chairperson added that women should be well aware of their rights and privileges and proper knowledge about various existing committees working for their cause in their fight against exploitation, domestic violence and harassment.

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