Department for Women & Children soon: Muneer

Dr. MK MuneerMinister for Panchayats and Social Welfare M.K. Muneer avowed that a department wholly to serve women and children across the state will be formed in the State shortly. The statement was made by the Minister while launching ‘Disha-2013’, a State-level awareness programme of Kerala Women Development Corporation. ‘Disha 2013’ is being conducted in State’s 14 districts. The Minister also added that the procedure for issuing tenders for gender parks had started. Women empowerment would be the sole objective of gender parks. The vigilante panels in the State, popularly known as ‘ jagratha samithis ’ had to be strengthened to make the State more women–friendly, he remarked.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 January 2013 09:05

90% women feel unsafe on Kerala roads: study

kerla women 2Over 90 per cent of women feel unsafe while travelling on Kerala roads after sunset, a study conducted by Sakhi, a women’s organization, revealed.  98% women in Thiruvananthapuram and 99% women in Kozhikode cited sexual harassment as their major concern. The study, ‘Safe City Free of Violence against Women and Girls,’ was conducted in Trivandrum, Cochin, Trissur and Calicut.
The study disclosed that women's helpline number 1091 was ineffective in the four cities. The organisers of the study said that this was mainly due to lack of funds, facilities, such as vehicles, and sufficient trained personnel.
According to the official statistics available with the Kerala Police 9758 crime cases  against women have been registered till September last year. Malappuram tops the chart in crimes against women reporting 962 cases followed by Trivandrum Rural (858) and Kannur (742). Malappuram district recorded maximum number of rape cases — 70.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 May 2013 08:14

Special courts for crime against women

Contempt-Of-CourtThe Kerala Government has decided to open special session courts to ensure speedy trial of cases against womenand children. Speaking to the media Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that 18 additional posts would be created for the courts. The first court would be in Kochi.  The draft of Kerala Protection of Privacy and Dignity of Women Bill, 2013, would be published soon, he added. The Delhi-gang rape case served as the impetus for setting up a special court to deal with offences against women and children.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 January 2013 08:17

Women’s conference

aimss-logo 1The All India Mahila Samskarika Sanghatana will organise the third All India Women’s Conference from January 29 to 31 at Trivandrum in protest against the slew of crimes being committed against women in the country. Over 10,000 women from across India will take part in the conference. Eminent   personalities   from   all   over   India, conscious citizens, fighting women from all walks of life will come together with a deep conviction that the life of women shall be changed for the better; that all the age old fetters be broken, that the ghosts of newly mushrooming problems shall be exorcised.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 January 2013 08:59

Women head 11% of Indian households, Kerala tops list

Indian-Women11% of the total households in the country i.e. about 27 million households are headed by women.   Kerala holds the top position with 23% having a female as head and among the Union Territories (UTs) Lakshadweep takes the lead.  These findings have been revealed in the data released by Minister of State for Home Affairs R P N Singh as part of the results of the first phase of Census 2011 on "House Listing and Housing Census".  The proportion of male-headed households has declined by 0.6% in 2011 compared to 2001, while that of households headed by females has increased by 0.5% during the same period. Data also shows that more than 60% of female-headed households have permanent houses, while among SC and ST categories the percentage of female-headed households dips to 55.8% and 33.4%, respectively.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 January 2013 08:36

Protection of Privacy and Dignity of Women Bill to be out soon


The state government will put forth a bill demanding death penalty for culprits causing the death of a woman through rape, harassment or other such offences listed in the Indian Penal Code. The draft Kerala Protection of Privacy and Dignity of Women Bill, 2013, will be brought out soon.
Even though the state government had taken steps to bring in the law against atrocities on women much earlier, the need for such a law got strengthened in the wake of Delhi gang rape case.
Section 5 of the proposed bill states that if a women commits suicide and if its established that soon before her death she was subjected to harassment or that any offences have been committed against her under sections 294 (obscene act in public places); 354 (intention to outrage the modesty of a woman); 375 (rape); or 509 ( gestures, words and so on intended to hurt the dignity of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code, such death shall be deemed to be death caused by harassment unless it is proved otherwise.
Section 3 prohibits harassment of women in any place, including cyberspace. The punishment for harassment will be imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than seven years, but may extend to imprisonment for life and with fine. Section 4(b) says punishment for harassment leading to death includes life imprisonment with fine, besides the death penalty, while Section 14 ensures privacy during trial by making it mandatory to hold it in-camera




Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 January 2013 07:32

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