‘Safe Homes and Safe Neighbourhoods’ must for women, children: Smriti

‘Safe Homes and Safe Neighbourhoods’ must for women, children: Smriti

Agency News

New Delhi, Nov 19: Union Minister for Women and Child Development (WCD) and Textiles Smriti Zubin Irani on Tuesday underlined the urgent need for creating "Safe Homes and Safe Neighbourhoods" to protect abused women and children.

Delivering the keynote address in the 2nd edition of South Asia Safety Summit organised by the Ministry of WCD and Facebook, she said "there is urgent need to ensure safety for women and children within their homes and create safe neighbourhoods in order to protect women and children against violence and abuse."

Ms Irani quoted from NCRB data of 2017 saying that of the three lakh crimes registered against women, these were predominantly committed by husbands and relatives so the challenges to women and children safety issues lay closer to home.

As per the NCRB data, 42 per cent of men justified domestic violence and 62 per cent of women supported domestic violence.

The South Asia Safety Summit is being organised to highlight the issue of safety while individuals and communities are connected on the digital platform. Participants from 125 civil society organisations, feminist groups, child safety experts, academics focused on gender and mass communication, safety practitioners, mental health and suicide prevention organisations, disabilities rights groups, and partners who have expertise in running digital literacy programmes and creating tools for social-emotional development of young people are attending the summit.

Apart from Indian delegates, there were representatives from Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan.

In her keynote address, the WCD minister highlighted the steps taken by the ministry like one-stop centres to service the needs of women in the locality.

"Every district of India will have anti-trafficking units which is the first ever such initiative undertaken by the Government. To make police stations more accessible for women and children Women’s help desks are being set up in each police station as a police station is the first place that a woman reaches whenever she faces a threat to her security and life," she said.

Irani launched “We Think Digital” website, an online education portal with interactive tutorials aimed at helping people think critically and share thoughtfully online. (UNI)