Srinagar: Kashmir University Vice-Chancellor, Prof Khurshid Andrabi on Tuesday said the incidence of crime against women “appears to be on rise and the society has to come forward to fight this disturbing trend.”
“We have to dispense with things and entities which are not in conformity with our religious teachings and cultural values, and once we succeed in doing so, our society would be free from all evils and the world would be a better place to live for both men and women,” Andrabi said while chairing a seminar organised to mark the International Women’s Day here.
The day-long seminar titled “Sensitization of Police and Media Personnel in Curbing Violence Against Women” was organised by the University’s Women’s Studies Centre in collaboration with Dean College Development Council, Department of Student’s Welfare and Department of Law.
Prof Andrabi highlighted the importance of moral education among children and youth.
Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Central Kashmir Range), Ghulam Hassan Bhat, said sensitization of police personnel on issues related to violence against women is “very crucial.”
Presenting official figures, Bhat said: “Of 84,000 personnel in our police department, only 2265 are females of which 49 are gazetted officers. The numbers exclude those working as SPOs.”
He said there is only one women’s police station each in Srinagar and Jammu. “We have submitted a proposal to the higher authorities for establishing one women police station in each district of J&K. So you can understand the circumstances in which we are working. Had there been more women cops in the department and more women police stations, things would have been entirely different. However we are trying our best to come up to the expectations of the society,” he said.
Dean of College Development Council, Prof Neelofar Khan said the seminar has been organized to see “what mechanisms and laws are available for the women folk to safeguard their dignity and honour.” She called for strict enforcement of laws to ensure that crimes against women don’t take place.
Dean Students Welfare, Prof Fayaz Ahmad said: “Perhaps our social system has collapsed and that’s why we need to re-educate ourselves and ensure that nobody`s right to privacy and honour is trampled.”