Tips on women's security

Participants at the workshop in Bhubaneswar. Picture by Ashwinee Pati

Bhubaneswar: The administration has held a workshop to sensitise girls and women on their safety and security at workplace and institutions in the wake of the suicide of a management student in her hostel room.

The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation and Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited on Wednesday organised the state-level workshop in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Representatives from the civic body, smart city agency, Bhubaneswar Development Authority, UNFPA, state commission for women, district child protection office, Child Fund India and the higher education institutes, along with students and peer leaders from various slums in the city, took part in the workshop.

The participants discussed various issues and recommended methods, including safety and security during transport by school vehicles, compulsory identity card for parents, boundary walls with security guards, clean and separate toilets for boys and girls, adequate orientation and screening of drivers, peons, attendants and wardens, among others.

Similarly, for the residential schools, the suggestions taken into consideration were better sanitation and hygiene, counselling of wardens to be friendly and approachable, medical vigilance, helpline number and orientation of students on child and sexual abuse and their rights.

"Instances of children getting involved in criminal activities can be attributed to their dropping out from school. This should be seen and tackle with adequate care. Records reveal that about 612 children have been booked under the Juvenile Justice Act since 2012 in the state," said district child protection officer Vanishree Pattnaik.

Suggestions, including proper transportation facility and formation of sexual harassment committee, were considered by the authorities in case of workplace and institutions.

State women commission member Sasmita Nanda elaborated on the legal provisions available for women facing gender-based violence and stressed on the need to create awareness among the vulnerable groups on what constituted violence against women.


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