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Women students want college buses

Reena Sopam, Hindustan Times  Patna, September 02, 2012
First Published: 15:23 IST(2/9/2012) | Last Updated: 15:25 IST(2/9/2012)

Young women, especially the college going girls of the state capital need a secure public transport system and college zones free of security risks.

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The view was shared by students and their parents during an interactive session at the Magadh Mahila College here on Saturday.

The MMC's students counseling centre which had invited girls and their parents to debate on security of daughters, got the participants engaged in an animated discussion on the topic. Most of them expressed a deep concern over security at public places for young women and demanded a strict law and order situation to assure safety for them.

The session was organised against the backdrop and concern over the rising crime against young girls in the city.

Ishrat Jahan, (a mother) said, there should be a complaint box on college campuses and colleges should enforce a dress code.

"Students in colourful costumes give the impression of coaching classes,"she said.

Naghma Parveen, (history dept) said, colleges should have their own buses to collect and drop its girls in different localities.

Autorickshaws are not safe. Incidents of eve teasing in autos have failed to come down,h she said. Mamta Kumari, Ramashankar Prasad, Anuradha Kumari, Ramkumar Yadav, Pooja Kumari and Manju Devi supported the idea of college buses.

Sunita and Supriya Singh said, college authorities should contact parents if the students remain absent from classes for than five days.

Keerti Kumari and Gauri Shankar said, colleges should impart self- defense skills to students. Arvind Choudhary and Manju Devi said patrolling near the college entrance should be tightened.

"Bad elements are witnessed there, bullying girls and passing lewd comments," he said.

Rajni Gupta (history dept) expressed the need of a public telephone booth near the college campus. 

"Many families do not allow girls to carry mobile phones," she said. Mamta Kumari, Priya, Shikha, Varsha, Priyanka, Harshika and Rupa too expressed their views on the occasion.

Justice Rajendra Prasad of the human rights commission, said girls should be trained in martial arts for self- protection.

Dr DM Diwakar of AN Sinha Institute, suggested that families should make girls feel secure.

For this gender equality should be maintained in families and boys should be made to respect women, he said.

Shashi Sharma, the counseling cell coordinator said, girls are exposed to all sorts of crime including molestation at public places and domestic violence, but hesitate to share their problems.

"Parents need to win their confidence and treat them as friends," she said. Others present on the occasion included Gaytri Sharma, Bharti Bagchi and Meera Verma.

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