Social Welfare & Panchayats Minister M.K.Munner said that, the law keepers must be sensitized with in the state ,as a result Kerala could become a model for the women friendly state just like health and education sector ,which is well known for its achievements in the state. He was addressing this at a inaugurating function of a works shop, regarding ‘Measures to tackle the menace of sexual crimes against women’ ,instituted by All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).He also added that intolerable atrocities against women and children have reached at the peak level . The minister stated this by quoting figures , ”of the 13000 crimes cases registered against women in Kerala last year, majority were rape, molestation and domestic violence” . He reiterately emphasized that every sections of society must be sensitized and made aware of women rights .The sections include not only teachers ,students , police but also judiciary and other law keepers ,then only we can achieve the status of women –friendly state .Munner also said that ,”The police must be sensitive to the victims state of mind while filing the FIRs and the same, remained to the lawyers for dealing with similar cases. Judges should treat each case on its own , not to desensitized and treat them indifferently just because they have dealt with many similar cases before”.
In addition to this ,organizations like Women’s Commissions should further strengthen their intervention and initiatives just like ‘Our Responsibility to Children ‘(ORC),a project started in Kozhikode district by the City Police in 2010, to address deviant behavior in Women . Recently it was announced that this project would be extended to all other districts under the supervision of Kerala Social Security Mission (KSSM) .The minister also mentioned that a scheme for starting shelter homes for victims of sexual abuse was on the cards.
The members attended the function include former Chair person of the State Women’s Commission Justice D Sreedevi , College of Engineering Principal S Sheela and AICTE office – bearers .