New Delhi: Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Monday launched its campaign to provide legal aid and other help to women for their safety in the time of crisis.
'Mahila Suraksha Jagrukta Abhiyan' (Women's security awareness campaign) was initiated by the DCW Chairperson Barkha Shukla Singh here.
As a part of this campaign, the DCW will provide legal training and also make the Mahila Panchayat Networks active in various parts of Delhi.
First such camp was today organised by the Abhivyakti Foundation associated with DCW at Bhalaswa Diary's Basti Vikas Kendra.
Singh along with legal counsellors particularly those associated with the DCWs' Rape Crisis Cell will deliver the training to the panchayat workers in various Delhi districts.
DCW will hold training camps and workshops for giving legal tips and other help to women in order to enable them safeguard themselves at the time of crisis, she said.
"It is really shocking to note that the incidents of molestations and rapes are on rise in the national despite of the fact that we have been doing our best to ensure that such despicable incidents do not take place," Singh said as she demanded that such Commissions at the national and state levels should have rights to penalise the culprits.
"Unless or until the women commissions at the national and state levels are not granted full fledged powers to arrest the culprits involved, the Commissions will not be able to do justice to the women in distress who come to us.
"There is an urgent need for women commissions to be armed with enough IPC powers to penalise the culprits who are involved in crimes against women," said Singh.
Further she also supported the demand of the Delhi Police Commissioner Bhim Sein Bassi to provide self defence training in martial arts to girls students up to 10th standard.
"Government should come out with a mandatory subject on martial arts training for every girl of schools till tenth standard so that they are able to defend themselves in view of any assault on them which unfortunately has become the order of the day, these days," she said.
Singh also expressed grave concern over the vastly declining girl sex ratio and expressed her indignation over the vast number of illegal ultrasound clinics operating in various parts of Delhi, particularly in the posh localities.
She urged the Union Health Ministry and the Delhi Lt Governor to take a serious view of this issue and expedite the government machinery to conduct mass scale surprise checks on such clinics who under the legal cover are killing girls in the embryos.