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Sunday , March 9 , 2014
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Capital hails fair power


Ranchi, March 8: Women of Jharkhand must fight for their rights and raise their voices against gender violence. This was the message of chairperson of state women’s commission Mahua Maji on the occasion of International Women’s Day that was celebrated across the capital today.

Maji added that 1,241 cases of violence against women were registered with the commission in 2013. These included domestic violence, rape, dowry deaths, witch-hunting et al. The number of cases lodged in 2012 and 2011 were lower at 812 and 784, respectively.

“The fact that we are registering more cases shows women are coming forward and are aware about their rights. Although ground reality remains unchanged, this is a positive sign. Women should also exercise their electoral rights in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls,” she said, adding that elections provided the fairer sex an opportunity to participate in the electoral process.

A series of panel discussions and rallies were organised all over the capital to spread awareness about women’s rights.

Jharkhand Rai University hosted a panel discussion on Changing Face of Women in India to mark the occasion.

Speaking at the event, vice chancellor Savita Sengar said: “For women, education is not just degrees, but also awareness. Women still face social discrimination. This hinders the growth of the society as a whole.”

Hatia DSP Nisha Murmu, who was the guest of honour, said: “There is lack of opportunity, but we need to find it. Women must demand and fight for their rights.”

Tata Power marked the day by honouring policewomen posted on the premises of Project Bhavan.